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Radeon HD 6770 vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The Radeon HD 6770 features a GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1050 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 800 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6870, which has GPU clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1120 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(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

In theory, the Radeon HD 6870 should be 100% faster than the Radeon HD 6770 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 will be quite a bit (approximately 40%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6770. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 should be a lot (more or less 100%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6770, and capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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