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GeForce GTX 285 2GB vs Radeon HD 6790

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 2GB uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 648 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 1242 MHz on this specific card. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6790, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 840 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1050 MHz on this particular model. It features 800 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6790 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 204 Watts
Difference: 54 Watts (36%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 285 2GB should perform a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6790 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 2GB 158976 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6790 134400 MB/sec
Difference: 24576 (18%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 285 2GB should be quite a bit (about 54%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6790. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 2GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18240 (54%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 285 2GB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 2GB 20736 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 13440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7296 (54%)

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 285 2GB Radeon HD 6790
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 15, 2009 April 2011
Code Name G200b Barts LE
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 648 MHz 840 MHz
Memory Speed 2484 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 33600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 Mpixels/sec 13440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 800
Texture Mapping Units 80 40
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 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 (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 285 2GB

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Radeon HD 6790

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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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