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

Intro

The GeForce GT 420 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 48 SPUs as well as 8 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with a clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 480 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, 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

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB should theoretically be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 420 in general. (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 will be a lot (more or less 243%) better at texture filtering 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB is superior to the GeForce GT 420, 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

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