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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon HD 6770 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 837 MHz on this particular card. It features 448 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 40 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1050 MHz on this card. It features 800 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 108 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 107 Watts (99%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 470 should be 99% faster than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6770 1GB 67200 MB/sec
Difference: 66720 (99%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB is a bit (about 6%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 36000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2008 (6%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 1GB 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9880 (69%)

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 470

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6770 1GB

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

Model GeForce GTX 470 Radeon HD 6770 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2010 January 2011
Code Name GF100 Juniper XT
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
Memory 1280 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 1215 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 837 MHz (3348 MHz effective) 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 448 800
Texture Mapping Units 56 40
Render Output Units 40 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 108 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 67200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs 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 - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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