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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti has a clock frequency of 822 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1002 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 384 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6950, which has a GPU core clock speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1408 Stream Processors, 88 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 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (18%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 6950 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
Difference: 31744 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 is quite a bit (more or less 34%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17792 (34%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be a bit (about 3%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon HD 6950, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 704 (3%)

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 6950

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

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Model GeForce GTX 560 Ti Radeon HD 6950
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2011 December 2010
Code Name GF114 Cayman Pro
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 822 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 1408
Texture Mapping Units 64 88
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 megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 figure is worked out 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

27 Responses to “GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 6950”
6950 or gtx 560? - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net says:

[...] that's a hard choice to make mate. You can check out this review (didn't say trust lol): http://www.hwcompare.com/8889/geforc...adeon-hd-6950/ I think both cards are neck in neck in many ways. I'll look for proper benches @1080p and see what [...]

Pc assemblato - Forum di Tom's Hardware says:

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Anonymous says:

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MSI gtx560 ti: Hawk o TF II ? - Forum di Tom's Hardware says:

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CrossfireX Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X - Pagina 2 - Forum di Tom's Hardware says:

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Alan says:

For prospective buyers considering Crossfire/SLI, make sure you also check comparisons in dual/multi card setups. Single card/ OC numbers tend to favor Nvidia a bit, whereas AMD tends to have the advantage when Crossfired.

Compare geforce | Entrenandoatup says:

[...] GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 6950 – Performance Comparison …Compare that to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, which makes use of a 40 nm design … [...]

Danish says:

This comparison doesn't clear the problem that either of GTX 560 ti and HD 6950 is better than HD 5870.

Upgrade pc - Forum di Tom's Hardware says:

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krissi says:

how many has nvidia payed u ?

G says:

@krissi
lol..
Neither nvidia nor Ati pays them..
If u look at each card's specifications then its clear tht HD 6950 is Faster than 560 Ti..
But while dealing with fps..
The specification doesn't matter alot..
What matters is the real life performance and its clear tht 560 ti is an Excellent choice cz it consumes less power and cn run any game at 1080p W/O Sli...
Although New games look alot better on 6950 but it depends upon what u prefer,,
Quality or Performance..:-P

ch3rok33jo3 says:

Same as always, nvidia more FPS for $$$, but ATi cheaper filtering performance, it's a toss up: performance vs. picture quality

The biggest question:
Which one can I get cheaper?

The Triple Alliance Chat Thread - Page 2384 - OtakuCenter - Forum says:

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Bruder95 says:

@ch3rok33jo3 das mit den neuen Spielen das die Bei der 6950 besser aussehen woher willste das wissen??? ich habe schon 100derte
Videos gesehen von der gtx560ti und auch viele von der 6950 kein unterschied 560ti grafikks sind mindestens so gut wie von der 6950

Bruder95 says:

die gtx 560ti nimmt jedes spiel durch ! auf ULTRA AUFLÖSUNG 1920x1080 OHNE IRGENT WELCHE LAGGS Das ist Tatsache

und die Radeon hd 6950 ist auch gut

Warsun99 says:

Well i have nothing to complain about. I own a MSI 870A Fuzion Power Edition Motherboard.It plays Both AMD and Nviida Cards simultaneously.So i have nothing to complain about.But i do want to pick between which is better for my system.I just bought a HD 6870 an was trying to find a balanced card an apparently this is the closest one.So i could use some advice on this card.

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USB KVM says:

I have noticed that both Nvidia and AMD are heading over the 1GB of VRAM side of the ball park which actually makes very little difference in 99.99% or games, and even in games that is does its minuscule and only really noticeable at ultra-high resolutions.

TheYo says:

I'd still get the 6950 since it can be unlocked to a 6970 and it'll be 20% faster than the 560Ti.

mxm says:

Damn I have the (asus) nvidia gtx 560ti but I like ati 6950 I buy the nvidia qzz there wasn't the hd 6950 in the stor......

Anonymous says:

Physical size of the cards might be something to consider as well. GTX 560 Ti has a shorter length than the Radeon 6950 1GB. Check your computer case for room!

Availability is always an issue. I can find many kinds of GTX 560 Ti but it seems the Radeon 6950 1GB has been discontinued.

Regardless, both cards are very good. They're "only" 1GB, but almost every monitor/TV made after 2010 is capped at 1920x1080. Older displays capable of 1920x1200 will also be fine. It's only when 2560x1440 or multi-monitor set-ups come into play that memory may be a problem. Unless 256-bit bus-width starts appearing in future mid-end range cards, these are the most powerful 1GB graphics cards available. The 1GB GT 6xx and the Radeon HD 7xxx cards are weak.

Also, Guru3D has a nice comparison of the two:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6950-1gb-vs-geforce-gtx-560-ti-review/

Artas1984 says:

This is the most misleading comparison of HD6950 - it is faster in the majority of games, this is BS, pure nvidia BIAS... LAME

dawe says:

560Ti social edition 6950 much better

Smithd178 says:

Very nice! dbddkfaceb

Pharmf490 says:

Very nice site!

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