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Radeon HD 6750 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 6750 comes with core clock speeds of 725 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 720 SPUs along with 36 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7770, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this particular model. 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 6750 86 Watts
Difference: 6 Watts (8%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 7770 should be a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 6750 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6750 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 8000 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 will be a lot (approximately 53%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6750. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6750 26100 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13900 (53%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6750 11600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4400 (38%)

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 6750

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 6750 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year January 2011 February 2012
Code Name Juniper Pro Cape Verde XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 725 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 720 640
Texture Mapping Units 36 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.0 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 86 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26100 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11600 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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