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Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

The Geforce GTX 670 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1500 MHz on this particular model. It features 1344 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6970, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 880 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1375 MHz on this particular model. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 670 170 Watts
Radeon HD 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (47%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Geforce GTX 670, in theory, should be a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 6970 in general. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 192000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (9%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 will be a lot (more or less 21%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 6970. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 102480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18000 (21%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 670 is the winner, but not by far. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 29280 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1120 (4%)

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 6970

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 6970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2012 December 2010
Code Name GK104 Cayman XT
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 880 MHz
Shader Speed 915 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective) 1375 MHz (5500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1344 1536
Texture Mapping Units 112 96
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 250 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 84480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 28160 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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