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Radeon HD 7770 vs Radeon R7 250

Intro

The Radeon HD 7770 has a clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R7 250, which comes with a clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1150 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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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

The Radeon R7 250 should theoretically perform just a bit faster than 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 quite a bit (about 67%) better at anisotropic 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 AA than the Radeon R7 250, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (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 max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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