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Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The Geforce GTX 670 features a core clock frequency of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7850, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 860 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1200 MHz on this model. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7850 130 Watts
Geforce GTX 670 170 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (31%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Geforce GTX 670 should theoretically be quite a bit better than the Radeon HD 7850 in general. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 192000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7850 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 38400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 is a lot (approximately 86%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 102480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 47440 (86%)

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 will be a little bit (more or less 6%) more effective at AA than the Radeon HD 7850, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 29280 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1760 (6%)

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 670

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7850

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 670 Radeon HD 7850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2012 March 2012
Code Name GK104 Pitcairn Pro
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 860 MHz
Shader Speed 915 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1344 1024
Texture Mapping Units 112 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 130 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 55040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 27520 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. 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 faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

One Response to “Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 7850”
Graphic Crad Expert says:
I have recently bought GTX 670...due to HD 7850 wasn't enough powerfull to max out my brand new Crysis 3 game!
I was Between GTX 670 and HD 7970 but considering that GTX 670 is using much lower power consumption and have more overclock stabillity than HD 7970 was the reason that i bought GTX 670!!!

Both cards are great if you play sport/rpg/simulator/strategy games then go for AMD if you play games like Battlefield 3 or Crysis 3 or Batman Arkham city then nVidia all the way!
Moreover nVidia drivers are much better than ATi's is!

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