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Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

The Geforce GTX 670 has a core clock frequency of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1500 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6970, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 880 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1375 MHz on this model. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 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
Radeon HD 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (47%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Geforce GTX 670 should perform a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 6970 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 should be quite a bit (more or less 21%) faster with regards to 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 using a high resolution is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 670 is the winner, though only just barely. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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