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Radeon HD 7850 vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The Radeon HD 7850 comes with a GPU clock speed of 860 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1024 Stream Processors, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 260X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1100 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1625 MHz on this card. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator 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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 7850 should theoretically be much better than the Radeon R7 260X overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X will be a 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

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7850 is a better choice, 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

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