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Radeon HD 5770 vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The Radeon HD 5770 has a GPU core speed of 850 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1200 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6850, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 775 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 960 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator 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

In theory, the Radeon HD 6850 will be 67% faster than the Radeon HD 5770 in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (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 bit (more or less 9%) better at texture 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 far. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that 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 colour 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - 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
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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