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Radeon HD 6770 vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The Radeon HD 6770 comes with a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1050 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 800 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6870, which features 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.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6770 108 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 43 Watts (40%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 6870 should theoretically be quite a bit better than the Radeon HD 6770 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6770 67200 MB/sec
Difference: 67200 (100%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 should be a lot (more or less 40%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6770. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 36000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14400 (40%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14400 (100%)

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 6770

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Radeon HD 6870

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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 6770 Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year January 2011 October 2010
Code Name Juniper XT Barts XT
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective) 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 800 1120
Texture Mapping Units 40 56
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 108 watts 151 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 67200 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36000 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14400 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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