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Radeon HD 6790 vs Radeon R7 370 4G

Intro

The Radeon HD 6790 comes with core clock speeds of 840 MHz on the GPU, and 1050 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 800 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 370 4G, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 975 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1400 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1024 Stream Processors, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 370 4G 110 Watts
Radeon HD 6790 150 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (36%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R7 370 4G should perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 6790 overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 4G 179200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6790 134400 MB/sec
Difference: 44800 (33%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 370 4G will be a lot (about 86%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6790. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 4G 62400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 28800 (86%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R7 370 4G is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 4G 31200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 13440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17760 (132%)

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 6790

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Radeon R7 370 4G

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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 6790 Radeon R7 370 4G
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year April 2011 June 2015
Code Name Barts LE Trinidad
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 840 MHz 975 MHz
Memory Speed 4200 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 62400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13440 Mpixels/sec 31200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800 1024
Texture Mapping Units 40 64
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1700 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, 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 amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6790

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Radeon R7 370 4G

Amazon.com

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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.

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