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GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 7870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 928 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1350 MHz on this specific model. It features 768 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7870, which has GPU core speed of 1000 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run 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

The Radeon HD 7870, in theory, should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti overall. (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 much (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 resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7870 is superior to the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, by a large margin. (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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially 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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