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Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

The Geforce GTX 670 uses 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 specific model. It features 1344 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6970, which features a clock frequency of 880 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1375 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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

In theory, the Geforce GTX 670 should be a small 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 is much (about 21%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6970. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 670 is superior to the Radeon HD 6970, not by a very large margin though. (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

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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

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Model Geforce GTX 670 Radeon HD 6970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2012 December 2010
Code Name GK104 Cayman XT
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 880 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 84480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 28160 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1344 1536
Texture Mapping Units 112 96
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3540 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

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

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