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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) comes with a GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1125 MHz on this specific card. It features 640 SPUs as well as 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

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 7770 should be a small bit faster than 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 much (approximately 108%) more effective at 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is superior to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), and very much so. (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

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 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 max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few 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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