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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 clocked the core frequency at 822 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1002 MHz on this particular card. It features 384 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5870, which comes with core speeds of 850 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1600(320x5) SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator 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

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5870 should in theory be just a bit better 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 will be a lot (about 29%) more effective at 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5870 is superior to the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, but only just. (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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must 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 higher screen resolutions.

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

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