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Radeon HD 6850 vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The Radeon HD 6850 comes with a core clock frequency of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 960 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6870, which has clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1050 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1120 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 24 Watts (19%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6870 should theoretically be a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 6850 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (5%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 should be quite a bit (more or less 35%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6850. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13200 (35%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is a better choice, but only just. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4000 (16%)

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 6850

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6870

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 6850 Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2010 October 2010
Code Name Barts Pro Barts XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 775 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 127 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 37200 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24800 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 960 1120
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1700 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends 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.

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