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Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 7990


Intro

The Geforce GTX 670 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this particular model. It features 1344 SPUs as well as 112 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7990, which features a clock frequency of 950 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1500 MHz. It also makes use of a 384-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon HD 7990 15520 points
Geforce GTX 670 7424 points
Difference: 8096 (109%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon HD 7990 32 Mh/s
Geforce GTX 670 13 Mh/s
Difference: 19 (146%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 670 170 Watts
Radeon HD 7990 375 Watts
Difference: 205 Watts (121%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 7990 should theoretically be a lot faster than the Geforce GTX 670 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7990 576000 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 670 192000 MB/sec
Difference: 384000 (200%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7990 will be quite a bit (more or less 137%) more effective at texture filtering than the Geforce GTX 670. (explain)

Radeon HD 7990 243200 Mtexels/sec
Geforce GTX 670 102480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 140720 (137%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7990 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 7990 60800 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 670 29280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 31520 (108%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

Geforce GTX 670

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Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 670 Radeon HD 7990
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2012 April 2013
Code Name GK104 Malta
Memory 2048 MB 3072 MB (x2)
Core Speed 915 MHz 950 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 6000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 375 watts
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 576000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 243200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 60800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1344 2048 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 112 128 (x2)
Render Output Units 32 32 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit (x2)
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3540 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs 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 also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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