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GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB features a core clock speed of 738 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1100 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 63 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 145 Watts
Difference: 82 Watts (130%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTS 250 1GB should be 10% faster than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB will be a lot (more or less 146%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 28032 (146%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 1GB is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 6400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5408 (85%)

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

GeForce GTS 250 1GB

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTS 250 1GB Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 February 2011
Code Name G92a/b Turks
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 63 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 480
Texture Mapping Units 64 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 715 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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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