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GeForce GTX 280 vs GeForce GTX 570

Intro

The GeForce GTX 280 has a clock speed of 602 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1107 MHz. It also uses a 512-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It features 240 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 570, which has GPU clock speed of 732 MHz, and 1280 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 950 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also is comprised of 480 Stream Processors, 60 Texture Address Units, and 40 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 570 219 Watts
GeForce GTX 280 236 Watts
Difference: 17 Watts (8%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 570 should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 280 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 570 152000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 280 141696 MB/sec
Difference: 10304 (7%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 280 will be just a bit (approximately 10%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 570. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 48160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 570 43920 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4240 (10%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 570 will be quite a bit (more or less 52%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 280, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 570 29280 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 280 19264 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10016 (52%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 280 GeForce GTX 570
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 17, 2008 December 2010
Code Name G200 GF110
Memory 1024 MB 1280 MB
Core Speed 602 MHz 732 MHz
Memory Speed 2214 MHz 3800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 236 watts 219 watts
Bandwidth 141696 MB/sec 152000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 48160 Mtexels/sec 43920 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19264 Mpixels/sec 29280 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 480
Texture Mapping Units 80 60
Render Output Units 32 40
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 320-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 280

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GeForce GTX 570

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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