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GeForce GTX 285 2GB vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 2GB features core clock speeds of 648 MHz on the GPU, and 1242 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6850, which comes with a core clock frequency of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 960 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 204 Watts
Difference: 77 Watts (61%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 285 2GB should in theory be much faster than the Radeon HD 6850 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 2GB 158976 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 30976 (24%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 285 2GB will be much (about 39%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 6850. (explain)

GeForce GTX 285 2GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14640 (39%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 is a small bit (more or less 20%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 285 2GB, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 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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GeForce GTX 285 2GB

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 285 2GB Radeon HD 6850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 15, 2009 October 2010
Code Name G200b Barts Pro
Memory 2048 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 max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could 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 card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 285 2GB

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 6850

Amazon.com

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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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