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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 features a core clock speed of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7850, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 860 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1200 MHz on this particular model. It features 1024 SPUs along with 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

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 7850 should perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 650 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7850 should be much (about 63%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7850 is the winner, and very much so. (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 max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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