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Radeon HD 3470 256MB vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 3470 256MB comes with core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 950 MHz on the 256 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 40(8x5) SPUs along with 4 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 160 SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 3470 256MB should in theory be a small bit superior to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 3470 256MB 30400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 1600 (6%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB should be quite a bit (about 88%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3470 256MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 6000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3470 256MB 3200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2800 (88%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 3470 256MB is superior to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, though only just barely. (explain)

Radeon HD 3470 256MB 3200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 3000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 200 (7%)

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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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 3470 256MB Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year 2008 February 2011
Code Name RV620 PRO Caicos
Memory 256 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 1900 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 30400 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 3200 Mtexels/sec 6000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 3200 Mpixels/sec 3000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 40(8x5) 160
Texture Mapping Units 4 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 370 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 quite a few other factors, especially 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 3470 256MB

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Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

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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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