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Radeon HD 5850 vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Intro

The Radeon HD 5850 comes with core clock speeds of 725 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1440(288x5) SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which has a clock frequency 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 made up of 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 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 5850 151 Watts
Difference: 88 Watts (140%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5850 should in theory be quite a bit superior to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5850 should be much (about 172%) more effective at anisotropic filtering 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 resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5850 is a better choice, 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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