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Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 5870

Intro

The Geforce GTX 670 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 915 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1500 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5870, which features clock speeds of 850 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1600(320x5) SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 670 170 Watts
Radeon HD 5870 188 Watts
Difference: 18 Watts (11%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Geforce GTX 670 is 25% faster than the Radeon HD 5870 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 192000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5870 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 38400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 670 is much (about 51%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 5870. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 102480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5870 68000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 34480 (51%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 670 is the winner, but not by far. (explain)

Geforce GTX 670 29280 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5870 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2080 (8%)

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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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 5870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2012 September 23, 2009
Code Name GK104 Cypress XT
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 188 watts
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1344 1600(320x5)
Texture Mapping Units 112 80
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3540 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Geforce GTX 670

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Radeon HD 5870

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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.

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