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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 features 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 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6850, which features GPU clock 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.

(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

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 6850 should be much 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 is a bit (more or less 10%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 is much (approximately 47%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 650, and should be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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 information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out 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 graphics 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 most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core 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 fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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