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Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB vs Radeon HD 6770

Intro

The Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB features a clock speed of 825 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It features 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6770, which has clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1050 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 800 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB should be 71% faster than the Radeon HD 6770 in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6770 will be quite a bit (about 36%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB is quite a bit (about 83%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6770, and capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB 26400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 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
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jan 28, 2008 January 2011
Code Name R680 Juniper XT
Memory 512 MB (x2) 512 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 max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total 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 most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB

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Radeon HD 6770

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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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