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Radeon HD 7850 vs Radeon HD 7970

Intro

The Radeon HD 7850 has a GPU clock speed of 860 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1024 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7970, which comes with a core clock speed of 925 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1375 MHz. It also uses a 384-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7850 130 Watts
Radeon HD 7970 250 Watts
Difference: 120 Watts (92%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7970 will be 72% quicker than the Radeon HD 7850 in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 264000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7850 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 110400 (72%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7970 should be much (approximately 115%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 118400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 63360 (115%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7970 is superior to the Radeon HD 7850, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 29600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2080 (8%)

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 7850

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7970

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 7850 Radeon HD 7970
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2012 January 2012
Code Name Pitcairn Pro Tahiti XT
Memory 2048 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 860 MHz 925 MHz
Memory Speed 4800 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 55040 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 27520 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1024 2048
Texture Mapping Units 64 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2800 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB 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 clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

One Response to “Radeon HD 7850 vs Radeon HD 7970”
arnold says:

para la diferencia que tiene me quedo con la 7850 aparte para masturbarme no importa la vga jajaja a cagarce a pajas amigos

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