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GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 features core clock speeds of 1058 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB, which has a clock speed of 825 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is made up of 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB, in theory, should be much faster than the GeForce GTX 650 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB 115200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
Difference: 35200 (44%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 will be quite a bit (more or less 28%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7456 (28%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB 26400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9472 (56%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 650

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Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB

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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 3870 X2 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2012 Jan 28, 2008
Code Name GK107 R680
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1058 MHz 825 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 1800 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 64 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 80000 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33856 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16928 Mpixels/sec 26400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 320(64x5) (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 32 16 (x2)
Render Output Units 16 16 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 28 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1300 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16/(internal PCIe 1.1 x16)
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported 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 RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 650

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Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB

Amazon.com

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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.

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