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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

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

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6870, which comes with GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1120 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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

The Radeon HD 6870 should theoretically be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 650 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 will be much (about 49%) more effective at anisotropic 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, by far. (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 max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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