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Radeon HD 4870 512MB vs Radeon HD 6790

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 512MB has core speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6790, which features core speeds of 840 MHz on the GPU, and 1050 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 800 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6790 should theoretically be a small bit superior to the Radeon HD 4870 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6790 134400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6790 should be a small bit (approximately 12%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6790 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3600 (12%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6790 should be a small bit (approximately 12%) better at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 6790 13440 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1440 (12%)

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 4870 512MB

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Radeon HD 6790

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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 4870 512MB Radeon HD 6790
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 April 2011
Code Name RV770 XT Barts LE
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 840 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30000 Mtexels/sec 33600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12000 Mpixels/sec 13440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 800
Texture Mapping Units 40 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 956 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better 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 maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4870 512MB

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Radeon HD 6790

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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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