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Radeon HD 5850 vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Intro

The Radeon HD 5850 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 725 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this card. It features 1440(288x5) SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which comes with a clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 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 5850 151 Watts
Difference: 88 Watts (140%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 5850 should be quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 64000 (100%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5850 is much (approximately 172%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM). (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 52200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 33000 (172%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5850 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 23200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 6400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16800 (263%)

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 5850

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

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 5850 Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year September 30, 2009 February 2011
Code Name Cypress PRO Turks
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 725 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1440(288x5) 480
Texture Mapping Units 72 24
Render Output Units 32 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 151 watts 63 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52200 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23200 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

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

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