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Radeon HD 7850 vs Radeon HD 7970


The Radeon HD 7850 has a GPU core speed of 860 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7970, which features core clock speeds of 925 MHz on the GPU, and 1375 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs along with 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 should be 72% faster than the Radeon HD 7850 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7970 will be much (more or less 115%) better at texture filtering 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 the winner, but not by far. (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.

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Radeon HD 7850

Radeon HD 7970

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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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per 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 this number, the better the graphics 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 the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). 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 memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.


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

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