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Radeon HD 6750 vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The Radeon HD 6750 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 725 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 720 SPUs along with 36 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6850, which comes with GPU core speed of 775 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 960 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6750 86 Watts
Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
Difference: 41 Watts (48%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6850 should perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 6750 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6750 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 64000 (100%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 is much (about 43%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 6750. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6750 26100 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11100 (43%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6850 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6750 11600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13200 (114%)

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 6750

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6850

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 6750 Radeon HD 6850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year January 2011 October 2010
Code Name Juniper Pro Barts Pro
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 725 MHz 775 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 86 watts 127 watts
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26100 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11600 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 720 960
Texture Mapping Units 36 48
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1040 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the 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 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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