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GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 vs Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB

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The GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 comes with a core clock frequency of 732 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 320-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 448 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB, which features a core clock speed of 825 MHz and a GDDR4 memory frequency of 1126 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It features 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB should be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB 144128 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 144000 MB/sec
Difference: 128 (0%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 should be much (approximately 55%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 40992 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14592 (55%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 is just a bit (about 11%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 29280 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB 26400 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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year December 2011 Jan 28, 2008
Code Name GF110 R680
Memory 1280 MB 1024 MB (x2)
Core Speed 732 MHz 825 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 2252 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 210 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 144000 MB/sec 144128 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40992 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 26400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 320(64x5) (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 56 16 (x2)
Render Output Units 40 16 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR4
Bus Width 320-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 3000 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16/(internal PCIe 1.1 x16)
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once 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, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better 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 one second.

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

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448

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Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB

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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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