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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 memory is set to run at a speed of 1002 MHz on this model. It features 384 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4870 2GB, which features a GPU core clock speed of 750 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 800(160x5) Stream Processors, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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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 perform a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB in general. (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 (approximately 75%) more effective at texture 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

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is a better choice, by a large margin. (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

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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

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Model GeForce GTX 560 Ti Radeon HD 4870 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2011 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name GF114 RV770 XT
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 822 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 4008 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 128256 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52608 Mtexels/sec 30000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26304 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
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
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 1950 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output 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 max fill rate.

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