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

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB comes with a GPU core speed of 750 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator 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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 4870 1GB will be 80% faster than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) overall, because of its higher data rate. (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 much (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 running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4870 1GB is a better choice, 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)

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 data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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