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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 memory is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 720 SPUs as well as 36 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6850, which comes with a core clock frequency of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 960 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

The Radeon HD 6850, in theory, should be much 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 quite a bit (about 43%) better 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

The Radeon HD 6850 should be a lot (about 114%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 6750, and capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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

Radeon HD 6750

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Radeon HD 6850

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Specifications

Model Radeon HD 6750 Radeon HD 6850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year January 2011 October 2010
Code Name Juniper Pro Barts Pro
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 725 MHz 775 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 720 960
Texture Mapping Units 36 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 4.0 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 86 watts 127 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26100 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11600 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one 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 - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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