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Radeon HD 6850 vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The Radeon HD 6850 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 775 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 960 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 460, which comes with core speeds of 1090 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 896 SPUs as well as 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

In theory, the Radeon HD 6850 is 14% quicker than the Radeon RX 460 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 should be much (more or less 64%) more effective 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 should be much (about 42%) better at FSAA than the Radeon RX 460, and should be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (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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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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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