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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 clocked the core speed at 648 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1242 MHz on this particular card. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6850, which has a GPU core clock speed of 775 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 960 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 285 1GB should theoretically be a lot superior to the Radeon HD 6850 in general. (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 (approximately 39%) better at AF 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 using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6850 is a better choice, not by a very large margin though. (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

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 285 1GB Radeon HD 6850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 15, 2009 October 2010
Code Name G200b Barts Pro
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 648 MHz 775 MHz
Memory Speed 2484 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 127 watts
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 960
Texture Mapping Units 80 48
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 285 1GB

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Radeon HD 6850

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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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