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GeForce GTX 570 vs Geforce GTX 670

Intro

The GeForce GTX 570 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 732 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 950 MHz on this specific card. It features 480 SPUs as well as 60 TAUs and 40 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Geforce GTX 670, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1500 MHz on this card. It features 1344 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

(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

In theory, the Geforce GTX 670 should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 570 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 will be a lot (more or less 133%) more effective 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 fill rate, so theoretically they should perform equally good at at FSAA, and be able to handle the same 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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 fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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