Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 6970
IntroThe GeForce GTX 560 Ti comes with a clock frequency of 822 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1002 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.
Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6970, which has a core clock frequency of 880 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1375 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 1536 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Just Cause 2
Radeon HD 6970 wins
(Based entirely on the benchmarks listed above)
When combining all game benchmark scores on this page together, the Radeon HD 6970 wins overall, by 16 FPS. Please note that we do not have the results of every benchmark ever done for these cards, so the results may differ wildly in different games.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the Radeon HD 6970 is 37% faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6970 is quite a bit (more or less 61%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6970 is a better choice, though not by far. (explain)
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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Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.