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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 5870

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 822 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5870, which features a clock speed of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1600(320x5) SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 5870 should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5870 is much (more or less 29%) faster with regards to AF 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

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5870 is the winner, though only just barely. (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.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5870

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 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must 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 anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be 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 better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

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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