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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 6870

Reasons to consider the
MSI Radeon HD 6870

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Significantly higher clock speed 930 MHz vs 576 MHz More than 60% higher clock speed
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 4,200 MHz vs 1,998 MHz More than 2x higher effective memory clock speed
Better PassMark score 2,594 vs 1,050 Around 2.5x better PassMark score
Better floating-point performance 2,083 GFLOPS vs 1,192.4 GFLOPS Around 75% better floating-point performance
More shading units 1,120 vs 480 640 more shading units
Better cloud gate factor score 18.25 vs 15.95 Around 15% better cloud gate factor score
Much lower TDP 151W vs 289W Around 50% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 295

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EVGA GeForce GTX 295

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Is dual GPU Yes vs No About half of graphics cards are dual GPU
Significantly higher memory bandwidth 223.8 GB/s vs 134.4 GB/s More than 65% higher memory bandwidth
Much wider memory bus 896 bit vs 256 bit 3.5x wider memory bus
Many more texture mapping units 160 vs 56 104 more texture mapping units
Higher texture rate 92.16 GTexel/s vs 52.08 GTexel/s More than 75% higher texture rate
Significantly more render output processors 56 vs 32 24 more render output processors
Slightly more memory 1,792 MB vs 1,024 MB 75% more memory

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 6870 vs GeForce GTX 295

PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performanceData courtesy Passmark

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6870
3,356.74
GeForce GTX 295
4,542.92

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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