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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 speed at 860 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1200 MHz on this card. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7970, which has 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.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 7970 should theoretically be quite a bit better 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 a lot (approximately 115%) more effective 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 screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7970 is a better choice, not by a very large margin though. (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

Radeon HD 7850

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Radeon HD 7970

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 7850 Radeon HD 7970
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2012 January 2012
Code Name Pitcairn Pro Tahiti XT
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 860 MHz 925 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective) 1375 MHz (5500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1024 2048
Texture Mapping Units 64 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 250 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 55040 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 27520 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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:
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