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

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB features a clock speed of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is made up of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which has a clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 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 4870 1GB 150 Watts
Difference: 87 Watts (138%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 4870 1GB should be quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) in general. (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 will be a lot (about 56%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4870 1GB is the winner, by far. (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

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

Model Radeon HD 4870 1GB Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 February 2011
Code Name RV770 XT Turks
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
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
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 63 watts
Shader Model 4.1 5.0
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30000 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12000 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, 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 is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling 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 write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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 - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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