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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti comes with a GPU core clock speed of 822 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1002 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 384 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 993 MHz on this particular card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 250 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (47%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti should theoretically be a small bit superior to the Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 127104 MB/sec
Difference: 1152 (1%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is a bit (approximately 5%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 50000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2608 (5%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be quite a bit (about 32%) more effective at AA than the Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 20000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6304 (32%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB

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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 4850 X2 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2011 Nov 7, 2008
Code Name GF114 R700
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB (x2)
Core Speed 822 MHz 625 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 1986 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 127104 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 50000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 20000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 800(160x5) (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 64 40 (x2)
Render Output Units 32 16 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1950 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16 (PCIe bridge)
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB

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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.

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