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Radeon HD 7770 vs Radeon R7 250

Intro

The Radeon HD 7770 makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this model. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 250, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1150 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R7 250 should theoretically be just a bit better 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 will be quite a bit (about 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 using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is a better choice, 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

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

Model Radeon HD 7770 Radeon R7 250
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 2012 October 2013
Code Name Cape Verde XT Oland XT
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective) 1150 MHz (4600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 640 384
Texture Mapping Units 40 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 80 watts 65 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 72000 MB/sec 73600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40000 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16000 Mpixels/sec 8000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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