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GeForce GTX 560 vs Radeon HD 6870


The GeForce GTX 560 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 810 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1001 MHz on this specific model. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6870, which comes with a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1050 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1120 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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

The Radeon HD 6870 should in theory be just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 560 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 is just a bit (more or less 11%) more effective at AF 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (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.

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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 data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.


23 Responses to “GeForce GTX 560 vs Radeon HD 6870”
hd6870 o gtx560? - Forum di Tom's Hardware says:

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Will a Radeon 6870 be good? - Electronic Arts UK Community says:

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A good upgrade for me? - Electronic Arts UK Community says:

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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,

Ce placa video sa aleg NVIDIA GTX 560 OC Sau HD RADEON 6870 OC? says:

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logh says:

Add the 6870x2 plz

video card desiions - Hardware Canucks says:

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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:

[...] close, but HD6870 wins by a nose. GeForce GTX 560 vs Radeon HD 6870 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare The 560 looks like it may only have the reference cooler, and the 6870, has a IceQ. The 560 only [...]

PRD says:

ATI Shader Speed (N/A) MHz fuuuu...

Placa video max 750 RON - Page 2 - My Garage 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 :D 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 :D

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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