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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 features a 128-bit memory 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 those specs to the Radeon HD 6870, which has a core clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1050 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1120 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

(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, the Radeon HD 6870 should perform much faster 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%) more effective 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 will be much (more or less 100%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, and also capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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

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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum 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 better the texel rate, the better the video 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 that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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