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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) features core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6870, which comes with a clock speed of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1050 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1120 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 63 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 88 Watts (140%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6870, in theory, should be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 70400 (110%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 should be much (more or less 163%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM). (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31200 (163%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 6400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22400 (350%)

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

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6870

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

Model Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 2011 October 2010
Code Name Turks Barts XT
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 480 1120
Texture Mapping Units 24 56
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 63 watts 151 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 19200 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6400 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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