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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6870, which features GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1120 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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

In theory, the Radeon HD 6870 should be 110% quicker than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) in general, because of its higher data rate. (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 (approximately 163%) better 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

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is a better choice, and very much so. (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

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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

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Model Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 2011 October 2010
Code Name Turks Barts XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 63 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 19200 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6400 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 480 1120
Texture Mapping Units 24 56
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 715 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most 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 amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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