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Radeon HD 4850 512MB vs Radeon HD 6770 1GB

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The Radeon HD 4850 512MB uses a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 993 MHz on this card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, which has GPU clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1050 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 800 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 108 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 110 Watts
Difference: 2 Watts (2%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB should theoretically be just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4850 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 67200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 63552 MB/sec
Difference: 3648 (6%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB should be quite a bit (more or less 44%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4850 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 36000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11000 (44%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6770 1GB is superior to the Radeon HD 4850 512MB, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 14400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4400 (44%)

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 4850 512MB Radeon HD 6770 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 January 2011
Code Name RV770 PRO Juniper XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1986 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 108 watts
Bandwidth 63552 MB/sec 67200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25000 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10000 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 800
Texture Mapping Units 40 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 956 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4850 512MB

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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.

Comments

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