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Geforce GTX 680 vs Radeon HD 5750 1GB

Intro

The Geforce GTX 680 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1006 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this particular model. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5750 1GB, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1150 MHz on this particular card. It features 720(144x5) SPUs along with 36 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5750 1GB 86 Watts
Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
Difference: 109 Watts (127%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Geforce GTX 680 should in theory be much better than the Radeon HD 5750 1GB overall. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5750 1GB 73600 MB/sec
Difference: 118656 (161%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 will be much (more or less 411%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5750 1GB. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5750 1GB 25200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 103568 (411%)

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 is a lot (about 187%) more effective at AA than the Radeon HD 5750 1GB, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5750 1GB 11200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 20992 (187%)

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 680

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5750 1GB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model Geforce GTX 680 Radeon HD 5750 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2012 October 13, 2009
Code Name GK104 Juniper LE
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1006 MHz 700 MHz
Shader Speed 1006 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective) 1150 MHz (4600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1536 720(144x5)
Texture Mapping Units 128 36
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 195 watts 86 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 192256 MB/sec 73600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 128768 Mtexels/sec 25200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32192 Mpixels/sec 11200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. 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 many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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