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Radeon HD 6870 vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The Radeon HD 6870 has a GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1120 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7850, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 860 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1200 MHz on this card. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon HD 7850 5200 points
Radeon HD 6870 2870 points
Difference: 2330 (81%)

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

In theory, the Radeon HD 7850 should perform a small 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 will be a small bit (about 9%) faster with regards to texture 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 a little bit (more or less 5%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7850, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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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.

Comments

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