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GeForce 8800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 5670

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 1GB comes with a GPU clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 112 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5670, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 775 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific model. It features 400(80x5) SPUs along with 20 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5670 61 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 44 Watts (72%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5670 should in theory perform just a bit faster than the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 5670 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 1GB will be a lot (more or less 117%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5670. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5670 15500 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18100 (117%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5670 6200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3400 (55%)

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 8800 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5670

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 8800 GT 1GB Radeon HD 5670
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Dec 2007 January 14, 2010
Code Name G92 Redwood XT
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 775 MHz
Shader Speed 1500 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 112 400(80x5)
Texture Mapping Units 56 20
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 61 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 15500 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 6200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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