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Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The Geforce GTX 670 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this specific card. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7850, which features GPU core speed of 860 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1024 SPUs, 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

In theory, the Geforce GTX 670 is 25% faster than the Radeon HD 7850 in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 should be quite a bit (approximately 86%) faster with regards to 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 should be just a bit (about 6%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7850, and should be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max 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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