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Radeon HD 6770 1GB vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB features a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1050 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 800 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6870, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1050 MHz on this card. It features 1120 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 108 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 43 Watts (40%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 6870 should in theory be much better than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6770 1GB 67200 MB/sec
Difference: 67200 (100%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 is quite a bit (more or less 40%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 1GB 36000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14400 (40%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6770 1GB 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

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Radeon HD 6770 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6870

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 6770 1GB Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year January 2011 October 2010
Code Name Juniper XT Barts XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 4200 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 108 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 67200 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36000 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14400 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800 1120
Texture Mapping Units 40 56
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1040 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 maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant 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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