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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 5870


The GeForce GTX 560 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 822 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1002 MHz on this particular model. It features 384 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5870, which has a core clock speed of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1200 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1600(320x5) SPUs, 80 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 5870 188 Watts
Difference: 18 Watts (11%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5870, in theory, should be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 153600 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
Difference: 25344 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5870 will be quite a bit (about 29%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 68000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15392 (29%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5870 should be a bit (about 3%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, and also able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 27200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 896 (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.

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Radeon HD 5870

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Model GeForce GTX 560 Ti Radeon HD 5870
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2011 September 23, 2009
Code Name GF114 Cypress XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 822 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 188 watts
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 1600(320x5)
Texture Mapping Units 64 80
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1950 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's 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 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 maximum fill rate.


3 Responses to “GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 5870”
Danish says:

It seems that HD 5870 has left GTX 560 Ti behind in performance.

Niko says:

I just bought a 5870 for 149 shipped. the 560 Ti is going for 200 right now, not worth the 50 bucks in my opinion if your just going with a single card setup

Alex says:

Which is better between the HD 5870 and GTX 560 IT? but seeing the results is better HD 5870, but I hesitate and price are the same? x (

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