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GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 7790

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 928 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1350 MHz on this specific model. It features 768 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7790, which features a core clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1500 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 896 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

(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

The Radeon HD 7790, in theory, should be just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti will be a bit (about 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

The Radeon HD 7790 should be a little bit (more or less 8%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, and should be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (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 largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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