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Geforce GTX 760 vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

The Geforce GTX 760 comes with a core clock speed of 980 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1152 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6970, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 880 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1375 MHz on this specific model. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Geforce GTX 760 5923 points
Radeon HD 6970 3470 points
Difference: 2453 (71%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 760 170 Watts
Radeon HD 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (47%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Geforce GTX 760 should in theory perform just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6970 overall. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 192256 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
Difference: 16256 (9%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 760 is a little bit (more or less 11%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6970. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 94080 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9600 (11%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 760 is a better choice, though only just barely. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 31360 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3200 (11%)

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 760 Radeon HD 6970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2013 December 2010
Code Name GK104 Cayman XT
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 880 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 192256 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 94080 Mtexels/sec 84480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 31360 Mpixels/sec 28160 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1536
Texture Mapping Units 96 96
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3540 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Geforce GTX 760

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