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Radeon HD 5770 vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The Radeon HD 5770 comes with a clock frequency of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6850, which features a GPU core clock 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 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5770 108 Watts
Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (18%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6850 should be 67% quicker than the Radeon HD 5770 in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5770 76800 MB/sec
Difference: 51200 (67%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 should be a small bit (more or less 9%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5770. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5770 34000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3200 (9%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6850 is superior to the Radeon HD 5770, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5770 13600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11200 (82%)

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 5770

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

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Model Radeon HD 5770 Radeon HD 6850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 13, 2009 October 2010
Code Name Juniper XT Barts Pro
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 850 MHz 775 MHz
Memory Speed 4800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 108 watts 127 watts
Bandwidth 76800 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 34000 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13600 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 960
Texture Mapping Units 40 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 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant 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

5 Responses to “Radeon HD 5770 vs Radeon HD 6850”
William says:

Very helpful review..concise, informative and clear. I like the hot-links so you can examine technical issues in more detail. All in all, well done guys xD

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pouya says:

5770 2g ddr3 (crossfire) vs 6850 1g ddr5?

MIke says:

Great archival review. I was going to get a 5770 based on a 500watt power supply and I purchased a 6850 because I realized I had access to a 650watt power supply and this review confirmed my hopes that the 6850 is significantly faster!

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