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Radeon HD 5770 vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The Radeon HD 5770 has a GPU clock speed of 850 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1200 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6950, which has a GPU core clock speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1408 Stream Processors, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6950 should in theory be a lot better 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 is much (more or less 107%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5770. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6950 is superior to the Radeon HD 5770, 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.

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 largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at 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 chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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