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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 runs at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this model. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare 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 memory works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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% quicker than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB overall, due to its greater 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 is much (about 146%) better at texture 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 1GB is superior to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, by a large margin. (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

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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTS 250 1GB Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 February 2011
Code Name G92a/b Turks
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 1836 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1100 MHz (2200 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 128 480
Texture Mapping Units 64 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 63 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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