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Radeon HD 6850 vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The Radeon HD 6850 comes with a GPU clock speed of 775 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also 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 RAM. It features 1120 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units 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, in theory, should be just a 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 will be much (approximately 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

The Radeon HD 6870 will be a little bit (about 16%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6850, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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