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Radeon HD 6790 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 6790 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 840 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1050 MHz on this particular model. It features 800 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which comes with GPU clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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 should theoretically perform 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 small bit (approximately 19%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is a better choice, though only just barely. (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

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

Model Radeon HD 6790 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year April 2011 February 2012
Code Name Barts LE Cape Verde XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 840 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 800 640
Texture Mapping Units 40 40
Render Output Units 16 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) 150 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13440 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one 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 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 most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory 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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