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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 6770 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1250 MHz on this particular model. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1050 MHz on this particular card. It features 800 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 650 is 19% faster than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (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 just a bit (more or less 6%) more effective at texture 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 resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is the winner, though only just barely. (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

GeForce GTX 650

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6770 1GB

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 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 maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of 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 number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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