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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6870, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1050 MHz on this specific model. 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

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 6870 should 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 is quite a bit (more or less 163%) more effective at AF 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 (about 350%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), and should be 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)

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Radeon HD 6870

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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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must 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 AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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