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Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

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

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6870, which comes with clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1050 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1120 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Geforce GTX 670 170 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Geforce GTX 670 should in theory be much superior to the Radeon HD 6870 in general. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 192000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Difference: 57600 (43%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 should be a lot (approximately 103%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6870. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 102480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 52080 (103%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 670 is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 29280 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 480 (2%)

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 6870

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 6870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2012 October 2010
Code Name GK104 Barts XT
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 915 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective) 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1344 1120
Texture Mapping Units 112 56
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 151 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 chip could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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