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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1250 MHz on this particular card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6870, which features a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1050 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1120 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 87 Watts (136%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6870 should perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 650 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Difference: 54400 (68%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 is a lot (approximately 49%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16544 (49%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 should be a lot (more or less 70%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 650, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11872 (70%)

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

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GeForce GTX 650

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6870

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

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Model GeForce GTX 650 Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 October 2010
Code Name GK107 Barts XT
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1058 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 64 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 80000 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33856 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16928 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 1120
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1300 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's 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 per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs 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 output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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