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GeForce GTX 960 vs Radeon HD 6790

Intro

The GeForce GTX 960 comes with core speeds of 1127 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6790, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 840 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1050 MHz on this model. It features 800 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator 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 960 7627 points
Radeon HD 6790 2150 points
Difference: 5477 (255%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
Radeon HD 6790 150 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 6790 should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 960 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6790 134400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 will be a lot (more or less 115%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6790. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 38528 (115%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960 is superior to the Radeon HD 6790, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 13440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22624 (168%)

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 960

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Radeon HD 6790

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 960 Radeon HD 6790
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2015 April 2011
Code Name GM206 Barts LE
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1127 MHz 840 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 112000 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 72128 Mtexels/sec 33600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 36064 Mpixels/sec 13440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1024 800
Texture Mapping Units 64 40
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 2940 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per 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 video 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 most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 960

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Radeon HD 6790

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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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