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Radeon HD 6790 vs Radeon HD 7790

Intro

The Radeon HD 6790 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 840 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1050 MHz on this specific card. It features 800 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7790, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1500 MHz on this model. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 6790 should perform quite a bit faster than 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 will be quite a bit (more or less 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

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7790 is a better choice, but only just. (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

Radeon HD 6790

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7790

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 6790 Radeon HD 7790
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year April 2011 March 2013
Code Name Barts LE Bonaire XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 840 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective) 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 800 896
Texture Mapping Units 40 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 85 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 56000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13440 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. 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 fill 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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