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Radeon HD 6790 vs Radeon HD 7790

Intro

The Radeon HD 6790 has a clock speed of 840 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1050 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 800 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7790, which has a clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 896 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7790 85 Watts
Radeon HD 6790 150 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (76%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6790 should theoretically be a lot superior to the Radeon HD 7790 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6790 134400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7790 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 38400 (40%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7790 should be a lot (approximately 67%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6790. (explain)

Radeon HD 7790 56000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22400 (67%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7790 should be just a bit (approximately 19%) better at FSAA than the Radeon HD 6790, and also capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 7790 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 13440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2560 (19%)

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 6790

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7790

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 6790 Radeon HD 7790
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year April 2011 March 2013
Code Name Barts LE Bonaire XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 840 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 4200 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 85 watts
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 56000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13440 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800 896
Texture Mapping Units 40 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1700 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel 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 get to the maximum fill rate.

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