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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 has a GPU clock speed of 1058 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1250 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7850, which features a core clock speed of 860 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
Radeon HD 7850 130 Watts
Difference: 66 Watts (103%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7850 should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 650 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Difference: 73600 (92%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7850 will be quite a bit (approximately 63%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21184 (63%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7850 is much (more or less 63%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 650, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10592 (63%)

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 650

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7850

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 650 Radeon HD 7850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 March 2012
Code Name GK107 Pitcairn Pro
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1058 MHz 860 MHz
Shader Speed 1058 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 384 1024
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 64 watts 130 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 80000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33856 Mtexels/sec 55040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16928 Mpixels/sec 27520 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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