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GeForce GTX 285 2GB vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The GeForce GTX 285 2GB has a GPU clock speed of 648 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 1242 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is made up of 240 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6950, which comes with clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 204 Watts
Difference: 4 Watts (2%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6950 should theoretically be a small bit better than the GeForce GTX 285 2GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 158976 MB/sec
Difference: 1024 (1%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 is a lot (approximately 36%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 285 2GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18560 (36%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6950 is superior to the GeForce GTX 285 2GB, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 25600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 2GB 20736 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4864 (23%)

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 285 2GB

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Radeon HD 6950

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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 2GB Radeon HD 6950
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 15, 2009 December 2010
Code Name G200b Cayman Pro
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 648 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 2484 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 204 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 158976 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 51840 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20736 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 240 1408
Texture Mapping Units 80 88
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 512-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1400 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 285 2GB

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Radeon HD 6950

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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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