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Radeon HD 5770 vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The Radeon HD 5770 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1200 MHz on this particular card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6950, which features a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1408 SPUs, 88 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5770 108 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 92 Watts (85%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6950 should perform much faster than the Radeon HD 5770 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5770 76800 MB/sec
Difference: 83200 (108%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 will be a lot (approximately 107%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 5770. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5770 34000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 36400 (107%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6950 is superior to the Radeon HD 5770, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 25600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5770 13600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12000 (88%)

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 5770

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6950

Amazon.com

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

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Model Radeon HD 5770 Radeon HD 6950
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 13, 2009 December 2010
Code Name Juniper XT Cayman Pro
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 850 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 4800 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 108 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 76800 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 34000 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13600 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 1408
Texture Mapping Units 40 88
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1040 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that 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 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 rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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