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GeForce GTX 285 1GB vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 1GB makes use of a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 648 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 1242 MHz on this particular model. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6850, which features core speeds of 775 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 960 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 204 Watts
Difference: 77 Watts (61%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 285 1GB will be 24% faster than the Radeon HD 6850 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 1GB 158976 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 30976 (24%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 285 1GB will be much (about 39%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6850. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 1GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14640 (39%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6850 is superior to the GeForce GTX 285 1GB, but only just. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 20736 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4064 (20%)

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 GTX 285 1GB

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Radeon HD 6850

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 285 1GB Radeon HD 6850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 15, 2009 October 2010
Code Name G200b Barts Pro
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 648 MHz 775 MHz
Shader Speed 1476 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1242 MHz (2484 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 240 960
Texture Mapping Units 80 48
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 127 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 are processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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