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Radeon HD 4850 1GB vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 4850 1GB has a core clock frequency of 625 MHz and a GDDR4 memory frequency of 993 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is made up of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7770, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1125 MHz on this 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 4850 1GB 110 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 7770 should in theory be a little bit superior to the Radeon HD 4850 1GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 63552 MB/sec
Difference: 8448 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 should be much (approximately 60%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4850 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15000 (60%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6000 (60%)

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 4850 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7770

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 4850 1GB Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 February 2012
Code Name RV770 PRO Cape Verde XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1986 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 63552 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25000 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10000 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 640
Texture Mapping Units 40 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR4 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 956 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that 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 amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

2 Responses to “Radeon HD 4850 1GB vs Radeon HD 7770”
xx says:

RADEON 4850HD WIN!

JS says:

Lol@at the 1st response.

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