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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 6770 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1050 MHz on this particular model. It features 800 SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
Radeon HD 6770 1GB 108 Watts
Difference: 44 Watts (69%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 650 should in theory perform a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6770 1GB 67200 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB will be a small bit (about 6%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 36000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2144 (6%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is a better choice, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 1GB 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2528 (18%)

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 6770 1GB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 650 Radeon HD 6770 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 January 2011
Code Name GK107 Juniper 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 384 800
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 64 watts 108 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 80000 MB/sec 67200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33856 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16928 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher 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 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 number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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