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Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB vs Radeon HD 6770 1GB

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The Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB has a GPU clock speed of 825 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 320(64x5) Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, which comes with a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1050 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 800 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB should in theory be quite a bit better than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6770 1GB 67200 MB/sec
Difference: 48000 (71%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB should be much (about 36%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 36000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9600 (36%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB should be quite a bit (about 83%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, and should be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB 26400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 1GB 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12000 (83%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

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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 3870 X2 512MB Radeon HD 6770 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jan 28, 2008 January 2011
Code Name R680 Juniper XT
Memory 512 MB (x2) 1024 MB
Core Speed 825 MHz (x2) 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz (x2) 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 108 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 67200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26400 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) (x2) 800
Texture Mapping Units 16 (x2) 40
Render Output Units 16 (x2) 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 1040 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16/(internal PCIe 1.1 x16) PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. 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 quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB

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Radeon HD 6770 1GB

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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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