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

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 comes with a GPU core speed of 1058 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1250 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 384 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units 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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 650 should in theory be a lot better 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 is much (about 76%) more effective at texture 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

The GeForce GTX 650 should be a lot (more or less 165%) better at FSAA than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, and able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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

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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 information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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