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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 7870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti has a core clock frequency of 822 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1002 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7870, which comes with a clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1200 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
Radeon HD 7870 175 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 7870 should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
Difference: 25344 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 is much (more or less 52%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 80000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27392 (52%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7870 is superior to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 32000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5696 (22%)

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 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7870

Amazon.com

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

Model GeForce GTX 560 Ti Radeon HD 7870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2011 March 2012
Code Name GF114 Pitcairn XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 822 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 1645 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 384 1280
Texture Mapping Units 64 80
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 175 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number 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 number 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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