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Geforce GTX 760 vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

The Geforce GTX 760 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this particular model. It features 1152 SPUs along with 96 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6970, which features GPU core speed of 880 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1375 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1536 Stream Processors, 96 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

Geforce GTX 760 5923 points
Radeon HD 6970 3470 points
Difference: 2453 (71%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 760 170 Watts
Radeon HD 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (47%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Geforce GTX 760 should be 9% faster than the Radeon HD 6970 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 192256 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
Difference: 16256 (9%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 760 will be a small bit (more or less 11%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6970. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 94080 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9600 (11%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 760 is a better choice, though not by far. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 31360 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3200 (11%)

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

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Geforce GTX 760

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Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 760 Radeon HD 6970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2013 December 2010
Code Name GK104 Cayman XT
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 880 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 192256 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 94080 Mtexels/sec 84480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 31360 Mpixels/sec 28160 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1536
Texture Mapping Units 96 96
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3540 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Geforce GTX 760

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Radeon HD 6970

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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.

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