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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon HD 5870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 features core speeds of 607 MHz on the GPU, and 837 MHz on the 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 448 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 40 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5870, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1200 MHz on this model. It features 1600(320x5) SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5870 188 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 27 Watts (14%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 5870 should be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 470 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
Difference: 19680 (15%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5870 will be a lot (approximately 100%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 68000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 34008 (100%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5870 will be just a bit (about 12%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 470, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 27200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2920 (12%)

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 470

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Radeon HD 5870

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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 470 Radeon HD 5870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2010 September 23, 2009
Code Name GF100 Cypress XT
Memory 1280 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 188 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 1600(320x5)
Texture Mapping Units 56 80
Render Output Units 40 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3000 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number 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 fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 470

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Radeon HD 5870

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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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