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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) features core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7770, which comes with a clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 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 7770 80 Watts
Difference: 17 Watts (27%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 7770 should theoretically be just a bit superior to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 8000 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 should be quite a bit (more or less 108%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM). (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20800 (108%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is superior to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 6400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9600 (150%)

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 7770

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 2011 February 2012
Code Name Turks Cape Verde XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 480 640
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 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 63 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 19200 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6400 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

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

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