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Radeon HD 6770 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 6770 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1050 MHz on this particular model. It features 800 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7770, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this specific card. 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 6770 108 Watts
Difference: 28 Watts (35%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 7770 should be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6770 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6770 67200 MB/sec
Difference: 4800 (7%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 is a small bit (more or less 11%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6770. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 36000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4000 (11%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is superior to the Radeon HD 6770, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1600 (11%)

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 6770

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 6770 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year January 2011 February 2012
Code Name Juniper XT Cape Verde XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 4200 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 108 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 67200 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36000 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14400 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800 640
Texture Mapping Units 40 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1040 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, 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 maximum amount of pixels that 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 amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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