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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon HD 6770 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 comes with a GPU clock speed of 607 MHz, and the 1280 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 837 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also features 448 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 40 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, which features clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1050 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 800 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator 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 much faster than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB overall. (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 just a bit (approximately 6%) more effective at texture 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

The GeForce GTX 470 will be quite a bit (about 69%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, and also able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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