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GeForce GTX 570 vs Geforce GTX 670

Intro

The GeForce GTX 570 has a core clock frequency of 732 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 950 MHz. It also makes use of a 320-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 480 SPUs, 60 Texture Address Units, and 40 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Geforce GTX 670, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1500 MHz on this particular model. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator 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

The Geforce GTX 670, in theory, should be a lot 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 should be a lot (more or less 133%) faster with regards to AF 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 exactly the same pixel fill rate, so in theory they should perform equally good at at AA, 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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