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GeForce GTX 560 vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 810 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1001 MHz on this specific card. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5830, which features core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1120(224x5) SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 150 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (17%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 560 should in theory perform just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 5830 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 128128 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 128 (0%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 is a bit (more or less 1%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5830. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 45360 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 560 (1%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 is quite a bit (approximately 103%) more effective at AA than the Radeon HD 5830, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 25920 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13120 (103%)

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 GTX 560

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Radeon HD 5830

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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 GTX 560 Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2011 February 25, 2010
Code Name GF114 Cypress LE
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 810 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 4004 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 128128 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 45360 Mtexels/sec 44800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 25920 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 336 1120(224x5)
Texture Mapping Units 56 56
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1950 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number 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 graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. 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 rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 560

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Radeon HD 5830

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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.

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