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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 6870


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

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6870, which has a GPU core clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1120 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6870 will be 5% faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
Difference: 6144 (5%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti will be a small bit (about 4%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 6870. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2208 (4%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 should be a small bit (more or less 9%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2496 (9%)

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 6870

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Model GeForce GTX 560 Ti Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2011 October 2010
Code Name GF114 Barts XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 822 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 1120
Texture Mapping Units 64 56
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1950 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the 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 card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.


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Sid says:

Stats can be tricky,as you can see in the benchmarks.These cards are of the same generation,they were built to compete with each other.Nvidia wins,for now.

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Albert says:

Which one is better for a good price, the HD 6870 or the GTX 560 ti? i have a budget of 200 €

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Bitch Please says:

Omfg, 560 ti compete with 6950 u dumbnuts....

Diyer says:

The gtx 560 is by much better that the amd 6870..

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GTX560ti is newer and better than R6870. GeForce GTX 560 Ti, although more expensive is a faster graphics card. So go with the 560 ti if you're either going to play a lot of BF3, or want to future proof. Go with 6870 if neither of the above applies, or you just want to save money.
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Ddraig says:

uhm.. the GTX 560 TI is a lot more expensive than the 6870, its newer, and its also an upgraded version of the 560, so compare the 6870 and the 560 and the 6870 will win

SmileMan says:

hd6870 is better then the gtx560ti, they only need their drivers updated like nvidea...

(I got a single hd6870 in my system, runs bf3 on high settings and skyrim on ultra very nice... only with my 1920x1200 I need to set skyrim to high, and the fps drops sometimes then. I'm waiting on the new drivers!)

Junaid Farooq says:

LOl!!! GTX 569ti is better than 6870 as nvidia always f**k ATI

Junaid Farooq says:

I mean to say 560ti* is better than 6870

hardbass says:

6870 best very fast

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