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Radeon HD 6850 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The Radeon HD 6850 features a core clock speed of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 960 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 560, which has GPU core speed of 1175 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 7000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
Difference: 47 Watts (59%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6850 is 12% faster than the Radeon RX 560 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 13312 (12%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 is much (approximately 102%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6850. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 38000 (102%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6850 is superior to the Radeon RX 560, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6000 (32%)

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 6850

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Radeon RX 560

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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 6850 Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2010 May 2017
Code Name Barts Pro Baffin
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 775 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 127 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37200 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24800 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 960 1024
Texture Mapping Units 48 64
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 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card 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 applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock 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 fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially 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 6850

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Radeon RX 560

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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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