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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 7870

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The GeForce GTX 560 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 822 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this specific card. It features 384 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7870, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1200 MHz on this particular card. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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 speaking, the Radeon HD 7870 should be 20% quicker than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 should be a lot (more or less 52%) more effective at 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

The Radeon HD 7870 should be much (about 22%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (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

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7870

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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