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Radeon HD 7850 vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The Radeon HD 7850 comes with a core clock frequency of 860 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1200 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 260X, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1100 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1625 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 896 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

The Radeon HD 7850 should in theory perform 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 should be a small bit (about 12%) better 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

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7850 is the winner, by a large margin. (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

Radeon HD 7850

Amazon.com

Radeon R7 260X

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 7850 Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2012 October 2013
Code Name Pitcairn Pro Bonaire XTX
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 860 MHz 1100 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective) 1625 MHz (6500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1024 896
Texture Mapping Units 64 56
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 115 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 55040 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 27520 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to 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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