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Radeon HD 6850 vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The Radeon HD 6850 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 775 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 960 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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 runs at a frequency of 1200 MHz on this specific model. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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 6850 2395 points
Difference: 2805 (117%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
Radeon HD 7850 130 Watts
Difference: 3 Watts (2%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7850 should be a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 6850 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 153600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 25600 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7850 is quite a bit (approximately 48%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6850. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17840 (48%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7850 is a better choice, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2720 (11%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 6850 Radeon HD 7850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2010 March 2012
Code Name Barts Pro Pitcairn Pro
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 775 MHz 860 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 127 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37200 Mtexels/sec 55040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24800 Mpixels/sec 27520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 960 1024
Texture Mapping Units 48 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6850

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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.

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