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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 features 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 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6850, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 775 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 960 SPUs along with 48 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 6850 127 Watts
Difference: 63 Watts (98%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6850, in theory, should be 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 will be a small bit (approximately 10%) more effective at texture filtering 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 the winner, by a large margin. (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

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

Model GeForce GTX 650 Radeon HD 6850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 October 2010
Code Name GK107 Barts Pro
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1058 MHz 775 MHz
Shader Speed 1058 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 384 960
Texture Mapping Units 32 48
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 127 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 80000 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33856 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16928 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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