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Radeon HD 6790 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 6790 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 840 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1050 MHz on this specific card. It features 800 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7770, which features clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1125 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator 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 be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 7770 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 will be 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

The Radeon HD 7770 is just a bit (approximately 19%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6790, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (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 max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in a 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 - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to 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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