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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) comes with a GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 480 Stream Processors, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6870, which has core clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1050 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1120 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 63 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 88 Watts (140%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6870 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 70400 (110%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 is a lot (more or less 163%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM). (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31200 (163%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 should be much (about 350%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 6400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22400 (350%)

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

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6870

Amazon.com

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

Model Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 2011 October 2010
Code Name Turks Barts XT
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 480 1120
Texture Mapping Units 24 56
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 63 watts 151 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 19200 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6400 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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