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GeForce GTX 570 vs Geforce GTX 670

Intro

The GeForce GTX 570 comes with a GPU core speed of 732 MHz, and the 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 950 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also features 480 Stream Processors, 60 TAUs, and 40 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Geforce GTX 670, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1500 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 670 170 Watts
GeForce GTX 570 219 Watts
Difference: 49 Watts (29%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Geforce GTX 670 should perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 570 in general. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 192000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 570 152000 MB/sec
Difference: 40000 (26%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 is quite a bit (about 133%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 570. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 102480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 570 43920 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 58560 (133%)

Pixel Rate

Both cards have the exact same pixel rate, so in theory they should be equally good at at anti-aliasing, and be capable of handling the same screen resolutions. (explain)

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 570

Amazon.com

Geforce GTX 670

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 570 Geforce GTX 670
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year December 2010 May 2012
Code Name GF110 GK104
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1280 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 732 MHz 915 MHz
Shader Speed 1464 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 950 MHz (3800 MHz effective) 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 480 1344
Texture Mapping Units 60 112
Render Output Units 40 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 219 watts 170 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 152000 MB/sec 192000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 43920 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 29280 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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