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Radeon HD 6770 vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The Radeon HD 6770 has a GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1050 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 800 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6850, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 775 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 960 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6770 108 Watts
Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (18%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6850 is 90% faster than the Radeon HD 6770 in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6770 67200 MB/sec
Difference: 60800 (90%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 is a little bit (more or less 3%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6770. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 36000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1200 (3%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 should be much (approximately 72%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6770, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10400 (72%)

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

Radeon HD 6770

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6850

Amazon.com

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

Model Radeon HD 6770 Radeon HD 6850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year January 2011 October 2010
Code Name Juniper XT Barts Pro
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 775 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 800 960
Texture Mapping Units 40 48
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 108 watts 127 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 67200 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36000 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14400 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel 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.

Comments

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sam says:
i got ati6850 and its more then great, am playing the latest game with rosolution of 1600x900 hightist Settings

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