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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 5850

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 822 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this model. It features 384 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5850, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 725 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this card. It features 1440(288x5) SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5850 151 Watts
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti, in theory, should perform just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 5850 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5850 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 256 (0%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti will be just a bit (more or less 1%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5850. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5850 52200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 408 (1%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is a better choice, though only just barely. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5850 23200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3104 (13%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 560 Ti Radeon HD 5850
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2011 September 30, 2009
Code Name GF114 Cypress PRO
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 822 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 52200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 23200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 1440(288x5)
Texture Mapping Units 64 72
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 (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

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

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GeForce GTX 560 Ti

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Radeon HD 5850

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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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