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GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 7870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti comes with a clock frequency of 928 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1350 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 768 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7870, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1200 MHz on this card. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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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

The Radeon HD 7870 should theoretically be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 is a lot (more or less 35%) faster with regards to 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

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7870 is superior to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, and very much so. (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

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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

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Model GeForce GTX 650 Ti Radeon HD 7870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2012 March 2012
Code Name GK106 Pitcairn XT
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 928 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 5400 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 59392 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14848 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 1280
Texture Mapping Units 64 80
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2540 million 2800 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated 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 card will be at handling 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 the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core 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 output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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