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Radeon HD 6850 vs Radeon HD 7750

Intro

The Radeon HD 6850 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 775 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this specific model. It features 960 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7750, which comes with a clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 512 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7750 55 Watts
Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
Difference: 72 Watts (131%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6850 should in theory be quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 7750 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7750 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 56000 (78%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 is much (about 45%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 7750. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7750 25600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11600 (45%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 will be a lot (approximately 94%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7750, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7750 12800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12000 (94%)

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 6850

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7750

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model Radeon HD 6850 Radeon HD 7750
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2010 February 2012
Code Name Barts Pro Cape Verde Pro
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 775 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 960 512
Texture Mapping Units 48 32
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 127 watts 55 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37200 Mtexels/sec 25600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24800 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the 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 - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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