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Radeon HD 6770 1GB vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB has a GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1050 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 800 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6870, which comes with 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 features 1120 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6870 will be 100% quicker than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 is a lot (about 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

The Radeon HD 6870 should be quite a bit (about 100%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (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

Radeon HD 6770 1GB

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Radeon HD 6870

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model Radeon HD 6770 1GB 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 1024 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 largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at 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 that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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