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Radeon HD 6870 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 6870 has a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1050 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 1120 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6870 should be much faster than the Radeon HD 7770 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 should be much (approximately 26%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7770. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 should be a lot (approximately 80%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7770, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must 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 AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory 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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