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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 frequency at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this specific model. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6870, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1050 MHz on this card. It features 1120 SPUs as well as 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

Theoretically speaking, the Geforce GTX 670 should be 43% faster than the Radeon HD 6870 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 is much (more or less 103%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 6870. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 670 is superior to the Radeon HD 6870, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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