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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon HD 6770 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 837 MHz on this card. It features 448 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 40 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, which has GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1050 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 800 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(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 quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB will be a bit (more or less 6%) more effective at anisotropic filtering 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 superior to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, by a large margin. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to 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 bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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