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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 6770 1GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) has a core clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1050 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 800 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 63 Watts
Radeon HD 6770 1GB 108 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (71%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6770 1GB should be 5% quicker than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 67200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (5%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB is quite a bit (more or less 88%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM). (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 36000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16800 (88%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB will be much (about 125%) more effective at AA than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 14400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 6400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8000 (125%)

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 6770 1GB

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 6770 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 2011 January 2011
Code Name Turks Juniper 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 480 800
Texture Mapping Units 24 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 63 watts 108 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 67200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 19200 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6400 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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