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Radeon HD 7770 vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The Radeon HD 7770 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1000 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7850, which features clock speeds of 860 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 32 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 7850 130 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (63%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 7850 should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 7770 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 153600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 81600 (113%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7850 is much (about 38%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 7770. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15040 (38%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7850 is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11520 (72%)

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 7770

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7850

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 7770 Radeon HD 7850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 2012 March 2012
Code Name Cape Verde XT Pitcairn Pro
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 860 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 640 1024
Texture Mapping Units 40 64
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 80 watts 130 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 72000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40000 Mtexels/sec 55040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16000 Mpixels/sec 27520 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

Comments

4 Responses to “Radeon HD 7770 vs Radeon HD 7850”
PS4 vs Xbox One (?) says:
Similar, but not exact.
add says:
Add ASUS 7770 2GB!
Otherwise this makes bad comparison
Min Nguyen says:
I agree ASUS Radeon HD 7770 2GD5 needs to be added.
James Adkins says:
i dont see why these older cards are about the same price as the r9 270x... i can get one of the 7850's from ebay for $90 as well lol

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