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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 460

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 460

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Higher effective memory clock speed 3,600 MHz vs 2,484 MHz Around 45% higher effective memory clock speed
Better cloud gate factor score 16.4 vs 13.51 More than 20% better cloud gate factor score
Lower TDP 160W vs 204W More than 20% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 285

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 285

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Higher memory bandwidth 159 GB/s vs 115.2 GB/s Around 40% higher memory bandwidth
Much wider memory bus 512 bit vs 256 bit 2x wider memory bus
Higher pixel rate 20.74 GPixel/s vs 9.45 GPixel/s Around 2.2x higher pixel rate
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,242 MHz vs 900 MHz Around 40% higher memory clock speed
More texture mapping units 80 vs 56 24 more texture mapping units

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 460 vs 285

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Features Key features of the GeForce GTX 460  vs 285 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

GeForce GTX 460
115.2 GB/s
GeForce GTX 285
159 GB/s

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

GeForce GTX 460
9.45 GPixel/s
GeForce GTX 285
20.74 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

GeForce GTX 460
37.8 GTexel/s
GeForce GTX 285
51.84 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTX 460
907.2 GFLOPS
GeForce GTX 285
708.5 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes


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