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Radeon HD 7770 vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The Radeon HD 7770 features a GPU clock speed of 1000 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 640 Stream Processors, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7850, which features core speeds of 860 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

(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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7850 is 113% faster than the Radeon HD 7770 in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7850 is a lot (approximately 38%) more effective 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 using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7850 is superior to the Radeon HD 7770, by a large margin. (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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum 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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