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Radeon HD 6870 vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The Radeon HD 6870 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1050 MHz on this model. It features 1120 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7850, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 860 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1200 MHz on this model. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7850 130 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 21 Watts (16%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 7850 should in theory be a little bit better than the Radeon HD 6870 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 153600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7850 should be a little bit (more or less 9%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6870. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4640 (9%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 is just a bit (approximately 5%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7850, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1280 (5%)

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 6870

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7850

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 6870 Radeon HD 7850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2010 March 2012
Code Name Barts XT Pitcairn Pro
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 860 MHz
Memory Speed 4200 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 151 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 50400 Mtexels/sec 55040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 28800 Mpixels/sec 27520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1120 1024
Texture Mapping Units 56 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1700 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

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