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Radeon HD 6850 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 6850 comes with a GPU core speed of 775 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 960 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1125 MHz on this specific model. It features 640 SPUs along with 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 6850 127 Watts
Difference: 47 Watts (59%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6850 should perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 7770 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 56000 (78%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 will be a little bit (more or less 8%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6850. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2800 (8%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6850 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8800 (55%)

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 6850

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 6850 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2010 February 2012
Code Name Barts Pro Cape Verde XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 775 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 127 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37200 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24800 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 960 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1700 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe 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 maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 can be 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 this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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