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GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 7790

Intro

The GeForce GTX 650 Ti features core clock speeds of 928 MHz on the GPU, and 1350 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 768 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7790, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1500 MHz on this card. It features 896 SPUs along with 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

The Radeon HD 7790, in theory, should perform a little bit faster 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 will be just a bit (more or less 6%) more effective 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7790 is the winner, but 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 max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip 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 ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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