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GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 7870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti has a GPU clock speed of 928 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1350 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 768 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7870, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1280 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, 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 is 78% faster than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 should be a lot (more or less 35%) more effective 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 quite a bit (more or less 116%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This 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 video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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