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Radeon HD 5670 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 5670 features a core clock speed of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 400(80x5) SPUs, 20 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7770, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1125 MHz on this specific card. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5670 61 Watts
Radeon HD 7770 80 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (31%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 7770 should theoretically be just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 5670 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5670 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 8000 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 is much (about 158%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5670. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5670 15500 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24500 (158%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 will be a lot (more or less 158%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 5670, and able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5670 6200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9800 (158%)

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 5670

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7770

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model Radeon HD 5670 Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year January 14, 2010 February 2012
Code Name Redwood XT Cape Verde XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 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 400(80x5) 640
Texture Mapping Units 20 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 61 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 15500 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6200 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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