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Radeon HD 7850 vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The Radeon HD 7850 uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 860 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1200 MHz on this card. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 260X, which features clock speeds of 1100 MHz on the GPU, and 1625 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 896 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
Radeon HD 7850 130 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7850 should be a lot faster than the Radeon R7 260X in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 153600 MB/sec
Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 49600 (48%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X is a little bit (about 12%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6560 (12%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7850 is much (more or less 56%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 260X, and also able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9920 (56%)

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 7850

Amazon.com

Radeon R7 260X

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 7850 Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2012 October 2013
Code Name Pitcairn Pro Bonaire XTX
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 860 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 4800 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 55040 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 27520 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1024 896
Texture Mapping Units 64 56
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2800 million 2080 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 (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at 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 the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour 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 is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

4 Responses to “Radeon HD 7850 vs Radeon R7 260X”
Muky says:

You were wrong with TEXEL RATE... You wrote... 7850 = 64 TMU=55040 TR and R7 260X = 56 TMU = 61600 TR.

Muky says:

My mistake... It's OK! Sorry! :)

Blair says:

Uh the 7850 has a TDP of 150Watts watts not 130Watts. That's why it is such a great overclocking GPU. You could make it perform almost even with a stock 7870 if you could get a high stable overclock.

Blair says:

(Quote:)You were wrong with TEXEL RATE... You wrote... 7850 = 64 TMU=55040 TR and R7 260X = 56 TMU = 61600 TR.

This might be true with a factory overclocked card. but Stock clock the 260X has a higher texel rate. That does not mean it is faster. You have to keep in consideration the other numbers.

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