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Radeon HD 6850 vs Radeon HD 7770


Intro

The Radeon HD 6850 has a clock speed of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 960 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7770, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1125 MHz on this specific model. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon HD 7770 3180 points
Radeon HD 6850 2395 points
Difference: 785 (33%)

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, in theory, should perform 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 should be a bit (about 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 superior to the Radeon HD 7770, by far. (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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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 largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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