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Radeon HD 5770 vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The Radeon HD 5770 features core speeds of 850 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6950, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1250 MHz on this card. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 Texture Address Units 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 will be 108% faster than the Radeon HD 5770 overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 is a lot (approximately 107%) faster with regards to 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 screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6950 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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.

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Radeon HD 5770

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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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

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