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Radeon HD 7850 vs Radeon HD 7970

Intro

The Radeon HD 7850 makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 860 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1200 MHz on this model. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7970, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 925 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1375 MHz on this model. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units 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

The Radeon HD 7970 should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 7850 in general. (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%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7970 should be a bit (about 8%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 7850, and also capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many 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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