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GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 7770

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 memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 768 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7770, which has a core clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7770 80 Watts
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 110 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti should be 20% faster than the Radeon HD 7770 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 86400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti will be a lot (more or less 48%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7770. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 59392 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19392 (48%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is a better choice, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 14848 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1152 (8%)

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 7770

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 7770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2012 February 2012
Code Name GK106 Cape Verde XT
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 928 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed 928 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1350 MHz (5400 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 768 640
Texture Mapping Units 64 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 59392 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14848 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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