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Radeon HD 5850 vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Intro

The Radeon HD 5850 comes with a core clock frequency of 725 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 1440(288x5) SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation 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 makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 5850 will be 100% quicker than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (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 quite a bit (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

The Radeon HD 5850 will be much (approximately 263%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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

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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

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Model Radeon HD 5850 Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year September 30, 2009 February 2011
Code Name Cypress PRO Turks
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 725 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 151 watts 63 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52200 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23200 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec
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
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 2154 million 715 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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