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

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB features core speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which has GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 480 Stream Processors, 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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 4870 1GB should in theory be a lot better 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 is much (approximately 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 running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4870 1GB is the winner, and very much so. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video 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 video card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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