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GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 7790

Intro

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

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7790, which features core speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7790 85 Watts
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 110 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (29%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 7790 should theoretically be just a bit better than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7790 96000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 86400 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti should be a bit (more or less 6%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7790. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 Ti 59392 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7790 56000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3392 (6%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7790 is a better choice, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7790 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 7790

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 7790
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2012 March 2013
Code Name GK106 Bonaire 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) 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 768 896
Texture Mapping Units 64 56
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 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 85 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 59392 Mtexels/sec 56000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14848 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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