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Radeon HD 6790 vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The Radeon HD 6790 comes with a GPU core speed of 840 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 800 Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6850, which has core clock speeds of 775 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 960 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon HD 6850 2395 points
Radeon HD 6790 2150 points
Difference: 245 (11%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
Radeon HD 6790 150 Watts
Difference: 23 Watts (18%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6790 should in theory be a small bit better than the Radeon HD 6850 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6790 134400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (5%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 is a bit (more or less 11%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6790. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3600 (11%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 is much (about 85%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon HD 6790, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 13440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11360 (85%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 6790 Radeon HD 6850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year April 2011 October 2010
Code Name Barts LE Barts Pro
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 840 MHz 775 MHz
Memory Speed 4200 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 127 watts
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13440 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800 960
Texture Mapping Units 40 48
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1700 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must 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, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Comments

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Denzyl says:

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