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Radeon HD 7770 vs Radeon R7 250

Intro

The Radeon HD 7770 features a GPU clock speed of 1000 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 640 Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 250, which features a core clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1150 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 384 SPUs, 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

In theory, the Radeon R7 250 is 2% quicker than the Radeon HD 7770 in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 is quite a bit (approximately 67%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R7 250. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 will be quite a bit (more or less 100%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 250, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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