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Geforce GTX 680 vs Radeon HD 5750 1GB

Intro

The Geforce GTX 680 has core speeds of 1006 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5750 1GB, which comes with GPU clock speed of 700 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1150 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 720(144x5) Stream Processors, 36 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

(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

In theory, the Geforce GTX 680 should perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 5750 1GB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 is a lot (approximately 411%) more effective at texture 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

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 680 is a better choice, and very much so. (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

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 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 maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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