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GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6870, which comes with a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1050 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1120 SPUs, 56 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 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 41 Watts (37%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6870 will be 56% faster than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (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 bit (approximately 18%) better at anisotropic 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

The Radeon HD 6870 will be quite a bit (about 94%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 650 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6870

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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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 largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

Comments

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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