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

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 1100 MHz on this particular model. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with 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)

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 will be 10% quicker than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB in general, because of its greater data rate. (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 should be much (approximately 146%) better at anisotropic filtering 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 running with 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

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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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 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 (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high 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 by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's 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, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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