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Radeon HD 6970 vs Radeon HD 7850


The Radeon HD 6970 has a GPU core speed of 880 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1375 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7850, which 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 frequency of 1200 MHz on this specific model. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7850 130 Watts
Radeon HD 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 120 Watts (92%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6970 should in theory perform just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 7850 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7850 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (15%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 should be quite a bit (about 53%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 29440 (53%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 will be just a bit (about 2%) more effective at AA than the Radeon HD 7850, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 640 (2%)

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 6970

Radeon HD 7850

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Model Radeon HD 6970 Radeon HD 7850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 March 2012
Code Name Cayman XT Pitcairn Pro
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 880 MHz 860 MHz
Memory Speed 5500 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 176000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 84480 Mtexels/sec 55040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 28160 Mpixels/sec 27520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 1024
Texture Mapping Units 96 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2640 million 2800 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour 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 also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.


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