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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) features a clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 480 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6870, which features GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1120 SPUs, 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

The Radeon HD 6870 should in theory perform much faster than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 should be a lot (more or less 163%) more effective at texture 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 a lot (approximately 350%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), and able to handle 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 max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 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 worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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