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GeForce GTX 960 vs Radeon HD 5850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 960 comes with a core clock frequency of 1127 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5850, which has clock speeds of 725 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1440(288x5) SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
Radeon HD 5850 151 Watts
Difference: 31 Watts (26%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5850 should theoretically be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 960 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 128000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 should be much (about 38%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5850. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5850 52200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19928 (38%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 will be quite a bit (approximately 55%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon HD 5850, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5850 23200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12864 (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

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GeForce GTX 960

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Radeon HD 5850

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 960 Radeon HD 5850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2015 September 30, 2009
Code Name GM206 Cypress PRO
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1127 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 112000 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 72128 Mtexels/sec 52200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 36064 Mpixels/sec 23200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1024 1440(288x5)
Texture Mapping Units 64 72
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 2940 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of 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 the video card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 960

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Radeon HD 5850

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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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