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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 comes with a core clock speed of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 384 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6850, which comes with GPU core speed of 775 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 960 SPUs, 48 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 6850 127 Watts
Difference: 63 Watts (98%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6850 should in theory perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 650 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Difference: 48000 (60%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 should be just a bit (about 10%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3344 (10%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6850 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7872 (47%)

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 6850

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 6850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 October 2010
Code Name GK107 Barts Pro
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1058 MHz 775 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 64 watts 127 watts
Bandwidth 80000 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33856 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16928 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 960
Texture Mapping Units 32 48
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 (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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