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Geforce GTX 770 vs Radeon HD 7970

Intro

The Geforce GTX 770 comes with a core clock speed of 1046 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1753 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7970, which has a core clock speed of 925 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1375 MHz. It also features a 384-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 770 230 Watts
Radeon HD 7970 250 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (9%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7970 should be 18% quicker than the Geforce GTX 770 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 264000 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 770 224384 MB/sec
Difference: 39616 (18%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 770 should be a small bit (more or less 13%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 7970. (explain)

Geforce GTX 770 133888 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7970 118400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15488 (13%)

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 770 should be a bit (more or less 13%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7970, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

Geforce GTX 770 33472 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7970 29600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3872 (13%)

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 770

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7970

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model Geforce GTX 770 Radeon HD 7970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2013 January 2012
Code Name GK104 Tahiti XT
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1046 MHz 925 MHz
Shader Speed 1046 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1753 MHz (7012 MHz effective) 1375 MHz (5500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1536 2048
Texture Mapping Units 128 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 230 watts 250 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 224384 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 133888 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33472 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

5 Responses to “Geforce GTX 770 vs Radeon HD 7970”
Blub says:
which card is better a msi r7970 lightning or evga 770 titan cooled ?
becouse i have a r7970 lightning.. :S
Scott says:
Depends, For video editing yes for most games, No. AMD Cards are better for Video editing and better at some games but Nividia is better for gaming, especially on the really popular games, BF3,Far Cry 3 ect... Those cards are pretty close though. The Asus 7970 ROG Matrix is better than the Lightning because of it's better cooling and heat dissipation. The 7970 ROG Matrix is also clocked to 316 GB/s and is much quieter and cooler than reference and lightning 7970's.
Hus says:
Add GHZ edition please
Lachlan says:
Add GHZ edition please
Bedendo says:
The Core Speed and Pixel Rate is wrong about 7970, fix this!

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