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Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The Geforce GTX 670 features a GPU clock speed of 915 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1500 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1344 Stream Processors, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6870, which has a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1050 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1120 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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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

As far as performance goes, the Geforce GTX 670 should in theory be quite a bit better than 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 (about 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 670 is a better choice, not by a very large margin though. (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

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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

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Model Geforce GTX 670 Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2012 October 2010
Code Name GK104 Barts XT
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1344 1120
Texture Mapping Units 112 56
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3540 million 1700 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. 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 many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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