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GeForce GT 1030 vs Radeon HD 5870

Intro

The GeForce GT 1030 features a core clock frequency of 1265 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 64-bit bus, and uses a 16 nm design. It is made up of 384 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5870, which comes with a clock frequency of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1600(320x5) SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
Radeon HD 5870 188 Watts
Difference: 158 Watts (527%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 5870 is 213% faster than the GeForce GT 1030 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
Difference: 104448 (213%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5870 should be quite a bit (approximately 68%) better at AF than the GeForce GT 1030. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 68000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27520 (68%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5870 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 27200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6960 (34%)

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 GT 1030

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5870

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

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Model GeForce GT 1030 Radeon HD 5870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2017 September 23, 2009
Code Name GP108-300 Cypress XT
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1265 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 30 watts 188 watts
Bandwidth 49152 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40480 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20240 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 1600(320x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 80
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3300 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 maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling 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 can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few 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 GT 1030

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5870

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.

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