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Radeon HD 4850 512MB vs Radeon HD 6770 1GB

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The Radeon HD 4850 512MB features core speeds of 625 MHz on the GPU, and 993 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1050 MHz on this particular card. It features 800 SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 108 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 110 Watts
Difference: 2 Watts (2%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6770 1GB should in theory be a little bit better than the Radeon HD 4850 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 67200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 63552 MB/sec
Difference: 3648 (6%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB should be much (approximately 44%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4850 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 36000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11000 (44%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6770 1GB is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 14400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4400 (44%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 4850 512MB Radeon HD 6770 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 January 2011
Code Name RV770 PRO Juniper XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1986 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 108 watts
Bandwidth 63552 MB/sec 67200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25000 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10000 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 800
Texture Mapping Units 40 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 956 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, 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 high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Comments

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[...] #2 i would probably choose option 1, this is due to the faster graphic card. 1tb enough memory also. and if its an old mac there is a possibility to have a older cpu. thats just my opinion. Radeon HD 4850 512MB vs Radeon HD 6770 1GB – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Comp... [...]

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