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Radeon HD 5770 vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The Radeon HD 5770 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1200 MHz on this specific card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6850, which has a clock speed of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6850 should perform quite a bit faster than 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 will be a 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

The Radeon HD 6850 should be much (approximately 82%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon HD 5770, and capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, 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 the video card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably 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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