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

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB uses a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which has a GPU core clock speed of 800 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

(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

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB should theoretically perform a lot 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 quite a bit (about 56%) more effective at AF 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 running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4870 1GB is superior to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), by a large margin. (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

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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

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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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should 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 AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends 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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