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GeForce GT 420 vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 420 has a core clock speed of 700 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 48 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 420 50 Watts
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 63 Watts
Difference: 13 Watts (26%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB should be 122% faster than the GeForce GT 420 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 64000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 420 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 35200 (122%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB is much (more or less 243%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GT 420. (explain)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 19200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 420 5600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13600 (243%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 6400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 420 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3600 (129%)

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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GeForce GT 420

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB

Amazon.com

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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 420 Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2010 February 2011
Code Name GF108 Turks
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 63 watts
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 5600 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2800 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 48 480
Texture Mapping Units 8 24
Render Output Units 4 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 585 million 715 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka 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 potential to reach the max fill rate.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GT 420 vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB”
GTA IV niedrige FPs trotz neuer Grafikkarte says:

[...] oder ist es die CPU, die zu schwach ist? Eine HD 6670 ist zwar nicht superschnell, allerdings (theoretisch) sehr viel schneller als deine Alte, praktisch hab ich nur die GT430 und die HD 6670 im gleichen [...]

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