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GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 7870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 928 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1350 MHz on this specific model. It features 768 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7870, which comes with GPU core speed of 1000 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 110 Watts
Radeon HD 7870 175 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (59%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7870 should be 78% faster than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 86400 MB/sec
Difference: 67200 (78%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 is much (approximately 35%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 80000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 59392 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20608 (35%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 is much (more or less 116%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 32000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 14848 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17152 (116%)

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 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7870

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 Ti Radeon HD 7870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2012 March 2012
Code Name GK106 Pitcairn XT
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 928 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 928 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1350 MHz (5400 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 768 1280
Texture Mapping Units 64 80
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 175 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 59392 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14848 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If 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, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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