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Radeon HD 6870 vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The Radeon HD 6870 comes with a GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1120 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7850, which has core speeds of 860 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 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 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 21 Watts (16%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 7850 should in theory perform just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6870 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7850 is a small 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

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (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

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

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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 data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

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