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GeForce GTX 560 vs Radeon HD 6870


The GeForce GTX 560 has a GPU core clock speed of 810 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1001 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 336 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6870, which has a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1050 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 1120 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 560 3030 points
Radeon HD 6870 2870 points
Difference: 160 (6%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 150 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 1 Watts (1%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6870 is 5% quicker than the GeForce GTX 560 in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 560 128128 MB/sec
Difference: 6272 (5%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 is a bit (about 11%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 560. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 45360 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5040 (11%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is the winner, though only just barely. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 25920 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2880 (11%)

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 GTX 560

Radeon HD 6870


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Model GeForce GTX 560 Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2011 October 2010
Code Name GF114 Barts XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 810 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 4004 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 128128 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 45360 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 25920 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 336 1120
Texture Mapping Units 56 56
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1950 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 processed in a second.

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

GeForce GTX 560

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23 Responses to “GeForce GTX 560 vs Radeon HD 6870”
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Owari says:

Price range is the same and yet AMD won this one.
Im a Nvidia fan but I admit for price you should go with 6870.

dan says:

AMD HD-6870 is far superior than gtx 560.on the other hand gtx560 is more expensive

SP33D says:

These results are not accurate enough. All 560's are different. The current 560 i have is not the Ti but out-performs a 6870. Not being biased or a fanboy. I have experienced using a 6870 alone and in crossfire but the performance in games with the 560 is far better.

AMD fan says:


Do u mean 560 can beat 6870cf?

but i have experirnce using 6870cf can beat 580,,,lol
$350 vs $500,

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logh says:

Add the 6870x2 plz

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Diyer says:

But the gtx 560 is better that the amd 6870.. Or more o less better..

HD 6870 or GTX 560? - Tech Support Forums - says:

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PRD says:

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PNN says:

Having used both (a Sapphire 6870 and an EVGA 560), the 6870 seems to be superior in most applications, however, there are certain games (such as BF3 or Hawken) where the 560 outperforms the 6870.

strat says:

My gtx560 is at 950mhz vs this 810mhz i got almost 20% OC on my card staple all day. voltage went from 1.012 to 1.050.

anoyness says:

My 560 competes with a 6950 in most cases and i have physc

lold says:

what is amazing 😀 this ppl who say that THEIR's GTX560 compete with hd6950 6990

They must have some alien GTX560 that is manufactured especially for those people 😀

Yansen Haryanto says:

i like nvidia card but when i see this result! i choise amd! why? it's more cheaper! and it's only have increased 1 WATT TDP! for that some performance increase and 1 thing is important is! the CHEAP PRICE!

mkultra says:

Went from gtx 560 to amd radeon 6870.
The difference aren't as small as the chart describes.
The AMD over-performed the nvidia card by a landslide

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