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Radeon HD 6790 vs Radeon RX 550

Intro

The Radeon HD 6790 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 840 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1050 MHz on this specific model. It features 800 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 550, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1100 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular card. It features 512 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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 RX 550 3507 points
Radeon HD 6790 2150 points
Difference: 1357 (63%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 550 50 Watts
Radeon HD 6790 150 Watts
Difference: 100 Watts (200%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6790 should theoretically be a small bit better than the Radeon RX 550 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6790 134400 MB/sec
Radeon RX 550 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 19712 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 550 will be a small bit (about 5%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6790. (explain)

Radeon RX 550 35200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1600 (5%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 550 is superior to the Radeon HD 6790, by far. (explain)

Radeon RX 550 17600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 13440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4160 (31%)

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 RX 550
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year April 2011 April 2017
Code Name Barts LE Polaris 12
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 840 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 4200 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 35200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13440 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800 512
Texture Mapping Units 40 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 14 nm
Transistors 1700 million 2200 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past 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 type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core 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 per 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. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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