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Radeon HD 7850 vs Radeon HD 7870

Intro

The Radeon HD 7850 has a clock speed of 860 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7870, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7850 130 Watts
Radeon HD 7870 175 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (35%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 is a lot (more or less 45%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 80000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24960 (45%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 is just a bit (about 16%) more effective at AA than the Radeon HD 7850, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 32000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4480 (16%)

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

Radeon HD 7850

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7870

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

Model Radeon HD 7850 Radeon HD 7870
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2012 March 2012
Code Name Pitcairn Pro Pitcairn XT
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 860 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective) 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1024 1280
Texture Mapping Units 64 80
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 175 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 55040 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 27520 Mpixels/sec 32000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock 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 is also dependant 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 get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

5 Responses to “Radeon HD 7850 vs Radeon HD 7870”
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[...] Originally Posted by colinquek An update, i go t the ASUS 7850. Good card, and did some perfmon test on my pc, other than FPS increased, nothing else pretty much changed. Which is a good thing. Thanks all the bros for your advice. If you were a lil earlier, many were dumping 6970 for as cheap as 400 bucks. (Non-ref) Radeon HD 7850 vs Radeon HD 7870 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare [...]
Awais says:
hello, i wanted to ask that would it be wise to get an hd7870 instead of 7850. i work in different 3d creation softwares.

thank you

[...] okay aber wie gesagt wäre die 7870 besser. Hier einmal ein kleiner Vergleich der 7850 mit der 7870 Vergleich 7850 mit 7870 Das Mainboard ist auch noch okay, allerdings kann man damit zwar kein SLI/Crossfire betreiben, [...]
[...] jedoch finde ich das die ca. 40-50€ für die 7870 es mehr als wert sind. Gruß Junatic PS: Vergleich 7850 mit 7870 2048MB Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2048MB XFX Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition mit Doppellüfter 1024MB XFX [...]

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