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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 has a GPU clock speed of 1058 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1250 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6870, which has a GPU core clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1120 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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 a lot 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 quite a bit (more or less 49%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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%) faster with regards to AA 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

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

Model GeForce GTX 650 Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 October 2010
Code Name GK107 Barts XT
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1058 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 1058 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective) 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 384 1120
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 64 watts 151 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 80000 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33856 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16928 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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