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Radeon HD 7770 vs Radeon R7 250

Intro

The Radeon HD 7770 features a clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1125 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R7 250, which has GPU clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1150 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 384 Stream Processors, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 250 65 Watts
Radeon HD 7770 80 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (23%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R7 250 should in theory be a bit superior to the Radeon HD 7770 overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 250 73600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 1600 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 should be a lot (more or less 67%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R7 250. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 250 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16000 (67%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 250 8000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8000 (100%)

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 7770

Amazon.com

Radeon R7 250

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

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Model Radeon HD 7770 Radeon R7 250
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 2012 October 2013
Code Name Cape Verde XT Oland XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 4500 MHz 4600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 80 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 72000 MB/sec 73600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40000 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16000 Mpixels/sec 8000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 384
Texture Mapping Units 40 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1500 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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