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GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 4870 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti features a core clock frequency of 822 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1002 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 384 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4870 2GB, which comes with core clock speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

(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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti will be 11% faster than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (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 (about 75%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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 will be quite a bit (more or less 119%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB, and also 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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure 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 video 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 most pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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