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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti features a core clock speed of 822 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1002 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 384 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6970, which features a GPU core clock speed of 880 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1375 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1536 Stream Processors, 96 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
Radeon HD 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (47%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6970 should perform much faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
Difference: 47744 (37%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 is much (about 61%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31872 (61%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6970 is a better choice, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1856 (7%)

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 560 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6970

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 560 Ti Radeon HD 6970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2011 December 2010
Code Name GF114 Cayman XT
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 822 MHz 880 MHz
Shader Speed 1645 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 5500 MHz
Unified Shaders 384 1536
Texture Mapping Units 64 96
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 250 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 84480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 28160 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes 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, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

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