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GeForce GTX 285 1GB vs Radeon HD 5970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 1GB uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 648 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 1242 MHz on this particular model. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5970, which comes with GPU clock speed of 725 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1600 SPUs, 160 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 285 1GB 204 Watts
Radeon HD 5970 294 Watts
Difference: 90 Watts (44%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5970 should theoretically be much better than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 256000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 158976 MB/sec
Difference: 97024 (61%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5970 should be much (about 348%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 232000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 180160 (348%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5970 is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 92800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 20736 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 72064 (348%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 285 1GB

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Radeon HD 5970

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 285 1GB Radeon HD 5970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 15, 2009 November 2009
Code Name G200b Hemlock XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB (x2)
Core Speed 648 MHz 725 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 2484 MHz 4000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 294 watts
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 256000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 232000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 Mpixels/sec 92800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 1600 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 80 160 (x2)
Render Output Units 32 64 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 285 1GB

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 5970

Amazon.com

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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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