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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 comes with core clock speeds of 1058 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6870, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1050 MHz on this model. It features 1120 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator 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

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6870 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to 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 (approximately 49%) better at 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

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is a better choice, and very much so. (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 largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount 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 rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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