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Radeon HD 7850 vs Radeon R9 M390X

Intro

The Radeon HD 7850 comes with a core clock speed of 860 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 M390X, which features a core clock frequency of 723 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M390X 125 Watts
Radeon HD 7850 130 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (4%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R9 M390X should theoretically be a small bit superior to the Radeon HD 7850 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 160000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7850 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (4%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M390X will be quite a bit (approximately 68%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 92544 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 37504 (68%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7850 is a better choice, though only just barely. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M390X 23136 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4384 (19%)

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 7850

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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 7850 Radeon R9 M390X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2012 2015
Code Name Pitcairn Pro Tonga
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 860 MHz 723 MHz
Memory Speed 4800 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 55040 Mtexels/sec 92544 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 27520 Mpixels/sec 23136 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1024 2048
Texture Mapping Units 64 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2800 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 7850

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Radeon R9 M390X

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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.

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