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Radeon HD 6850 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 6850 comes with a core clock frequency of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 960 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which has core speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1125 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 640 SPUs as well as 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 6850 127 Watts
Difference: 47 Watts (59%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6850 should theoretically be much 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 is a little bit (more or less 8%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 6850. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 will be a lot (about 55%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon HD 7770, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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

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

Model Radeon HD 6850 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2010 February 2012
Code Name Barts Pro Cape Verde XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 775 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 960 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 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) 127 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37200 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24800 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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