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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 6970


The GeForce GTX 560 Ti has clock speeds of 822 MHz on the GPU, and 1002 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 384 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6970, which features a clock speed of 880 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1375 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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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 quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 is quite a bit (approximately 61%) better at anisotropic 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

The Radeon HD 6970 will be a little bit (about 7%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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.

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Radeon HD 6970

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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
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 822 MHz 880 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 84480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 28160 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 1536
Texture Mapping Units 64 96
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1950 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling 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 could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.


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