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Radeon HD 5670 vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 5670 features a GPU core speed of 775 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 400(80x5) SPUs, 20 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7770, which features a core clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation 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, in theory, should be a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 5670 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 is much (approximately 158%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 5670. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is superior to the Radeon HD 5670, and very much so. (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

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 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core 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 processed in one second.

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

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