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Radeon HD 5770 vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The Radeon HD 5770 features clock speeds of 850 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6850, which comes with a clock frequency of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up 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 5770 108 Watts
Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
Difference: 19 Watts (18%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6850 should theoretically be much superior to the Radeon HD 5770 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 is a small bit (approximately 9%) more effective 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

The Radeon HD 6850 will be a lot (about 82%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 5770, and will be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (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

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

Model Radeon HD 5770 Radeon HD 6850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 13, 2009 October 2010
Code Name Juniper XT Barts Pro
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 850 MHz 775 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
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
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 108 watts 127 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 76800 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 34000 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13600 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed 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 the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at 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 chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach 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
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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