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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 has a core clock frequency of 607 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 837 MHz. It also makes use of a 320-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 448 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 560, which comes with GPU clock speed of 810 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1001 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 336 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 560 3030 points
GeForce GTX 470 2937 points
Difference: 93 (3%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (43%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 470, in theory, should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 560 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 560 128128 MB/sec
Difference: 5792 (5%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 will be much (approximately 33%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 45360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11368 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 560 is superior to the GeForce GTX 470, but only just. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 25920 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1640 (7%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 470 GeForce GTX 560
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 May 2011
Code Name GF100 GF114
Memory 1280 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 810 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 4004 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 128128 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 45360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 25920 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 336
Texture Mapping Units 56 56
Render Output Units 40 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3000 million 1950 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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