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GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 6870


The GeForce GTX 650 Ti comes with a GPU core speed of 928 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1350 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 768 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6870, which has a core clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1050 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1120 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 110 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 41 Watts (37%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6870 should be much faster than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 86400 MB/sec
Difference: 48000 (56%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti will be a small bit (about 18%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6870. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 59392 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8992 (18%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 14848 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13952 (94%)

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.

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GeForce GTX 650 Ti

Radeon HD 6870

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Model GeForce GTX 650 Ti Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2012 October 2010
Code Name GK106 Barts XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 928 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 5400 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 59392 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14848 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 1120
Texture Mapping Units 64 56
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 2540 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core 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 that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.


2 Responses to “GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 6870”
Tom Hanners says:

I wonder how Nvidia can take a 128 Bit Mem bus card, And then make it completely outclass other AMD cards with a 256 bit bus? I thought their 128 Bit bus cards were junk I even used to laugh at them, Then my ATI 5870 fried, And I then bought a GTX-650_Ti on sale for $90 bucks, And was completly shocked by its performance. It completely outperforms my old ATI 5870 in all my games old and new, I can never go back to AMD now. (unless of'course I get a good deal) I never pass up a good deal.

Bleh says:

I just bought a gtx 650 ti 2gb edition, I'm liking it much better than my HD 7770 so far. I wanted to go smaller, silent and less power consumption. That's exactly what I got out of the gtx 650 nicely done Nvidia. Keep this track record and you might even get me to stop using ATI period.

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