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Radeon HD 6870 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 6870 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1050 MHz on this specific card. It features 1120 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7770, which features 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 Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7770 80 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 71 Watts (89%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6870 should in theory be much superior to the Radeon HD 7770 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 62400 (87%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 will be much (more or less 26%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7770. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10400 (26%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is superior to the Radeon HD 7770, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12800 (80%)

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 6870

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 6870 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2010 February 2012
Code Name Barts XT Cape Verde XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 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 1120 640
Texture Mapping Units 56 40
Render Output Units 32 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) 151 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 50400 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 28800 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is worked out 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 graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could 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 colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

3 Responses to “Radeon HD 6870 vs Radeon HD 7770”
james says:
Are you using pice 2 or pcie 3

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Aaron says:
It would have to be PCI-e 2.0 or 2.1 because the 6970 doesn't support PCI-e 3.0, and the theoretical benchmarks are not dependent on PCI-e speed. Anyway, you should get the 6870 instead of the 7770, the 68xx series has the BEST price to performance ratio of ANY AMD/ATI radeon HD graphics card.
[...] HD 6870 will be a lot (approximately 26%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 7770. (explain)Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec Difference: 10400 (26%) [...]

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