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Radeon HD 6850 vs Radeon RX 460


Intro

The Radeon HD 6850 features a GPU core clock speed of 775 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 960 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 460, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1090 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this particular card. It features 896 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon RX 460 5600 points
Radeon HD 6850 2395 points
Difference: 3205 (134%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 75 Watts
Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
Difference: 52 Watts (69%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6850 should theoretically perform a bit faster than the Radeon RX 460 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 is quite a bit (approximately 64%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6850. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23840 (64%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 will be much (approximately 42%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 460, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7360 (42%)

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.

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Radeon HD 6850

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 6850 Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2010 August 2016
Code Name Barts Pro Polaris 11
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 775 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 127 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37200 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24800 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 960 896
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 14 nm
Transistors 1700 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high 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 by the core clock 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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