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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 4870 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 822 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1002 MHz on this card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 4870 2GB, which comes with GPU clock speed of 750 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4870 2GB 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 170 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be 11% quicker than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 128256 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 13056 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be a lot (more or less 75%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 52608 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22608 (75%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is a lot (about 119%) more effective at AA than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti 26304 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14304 (119%)

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

GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 4870 2GB

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

Model GeForce GTX 560 Ti Radeon HD 4870 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2011 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name GF114 RV770 XT
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 822 MHz 750 MHz
Shader Speed 1645 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective) 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 384 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 64 40
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.0
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 5.0 4.1
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 30000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the 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 clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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