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

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 has a core clock frequency of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 384 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with GPU core speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 480 Stream Processors, 24 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

(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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 650 should perform much faster than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB in general. (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 quite a bit (about 76%) better at 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

The GeForce GTX 650 should be quite a bit (about 165%) better at FSAA than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, and also should be 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 maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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