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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 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1242 MHz on this model. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6850, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 775 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 960 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

(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 is 24% quicker than the Radeon HD 6850 overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 285 1GB is quite a bit (more or less 39%) faster with regards to 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6850 is a better choice, 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 largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). 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 get to the maximum fill rate.

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