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Radeon HD 7850 vs Radeon HD 7870

Intro

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

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7870, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1200 MHz on this particular model. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

(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 exactly the same bandwidth, so theoretically they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 is a lot (approximately 45%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7870 is a better choice, but only just. (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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max 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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