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Radeon HD 4870 1GB vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 63 Watts
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 150 Watts
Difference: 87 Watts (138%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 4870 1GB should perform quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 51200 (80%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB should be a lot (more or less 56%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM). (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10800 (56%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB should be quite a bit (about 88%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 6400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5600 (88%)

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 4870 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

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 4870 1GB Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 February 2011
Code Name RV770 XT Turks
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 63 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30000 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12000 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 480
Texture Mapping Units 40 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 956 million 715 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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs 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 also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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