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GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 7870

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7870, which comes with a core clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(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

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 7870 should in theory be a lot better 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 should be much (about 35%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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 will be a lot (approximately 116%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (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

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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 information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of 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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