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GeForce 8800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 5670

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 1GB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5670, which has a clock frequency of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 400(80x5) SPUs, 20 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 5670 should be a small 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 (about 117%) more effective at 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB is the winner, by far. (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

Radeon HD 5670

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GT 1GB Radeon HD 5670
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Dec 2007 January 14, 2010
Code Name G92 Redwood XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 775 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 61 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 15500 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 6200 Mpixels/sec
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
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 627 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface 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 ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

GeForce 8800 GT 1GB

Radeon HD 5670

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