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Radeon HD 7750 vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The Radeon HD 7750 comes with core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1125 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 512 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7850, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 860 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1024 Stream Processors, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7750 55 Watts
Radeon HD 7850 130 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (136%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7850 should be 113% faster than the Radeon HD 7750 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 153600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7750 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 81600 (113%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7850 is much (more or less 115%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7750. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7750 25600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 29440 (115%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7850 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7750 12800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14720 (115%)

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 7750

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 7750 Radeon HD 7850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 2012 March 2012
Code Name Cape Verde Pro Pitcairn Pro
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 800 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 512 1024
Texture Mapping Units 32 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) 55 watts 130 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 72000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25600 Mtexels/sec 55040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12800 Mpixels/sec 27520 Mpixels/sec

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

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of 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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