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Radeon HD 6790 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 6790 has a GPU core speed of 840 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 800 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this specific model. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7770 80 Watts
Radeon HD 6790 150 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (88%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6790, in theory, should be much faster than the Radeon HD 7770 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6790 134400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 62400 (87%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 is a bit (approximately 19%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 6790. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6400 (19%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is the winner, but not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 13440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2560 (19%)

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 6790

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

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Model Radeon HD 6790 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year April 2011 February 2012
Code Name Barts LE Cape Verde XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 840 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 4200 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13440 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800 640
Texture Mapping Units 40 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1700 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

Comments

3 Responses to “Radeon HD 6790 vs Radeon HD 7770”
D4rkSp4wn says:

I love my HD6790

Alex says:

HD6790 really rocks!!!
I'm able to run everything and almost at max settings.

Сашка-43 says:

Radeon hd 6790 рулит)!!)

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