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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 features a GPU clock speed of 1058 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1250 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 384 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 63 Watts
GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
Difference: 1 Watts (2%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 650 should in theory perform quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 should be much (approximately 76%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14656 (76%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 6400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10528 (165%)

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 6670 (OEM) 1GB

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 6670 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 February 2011
Code Name GK107 Turks
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1058 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 1058 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 384 480
Texture Mapping Units 32 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 64 watts 63 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 80000 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33856 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16928 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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