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Radeon HD 4850 2GB vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

Intro

The Radeon HD 4850 2GB makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 625 MHz. The GDDR4 RAM works at a frequency of 993 MHz on this specific card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this card. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 63 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 110 Watts
Difference: 47 Watts (75%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) is 1% faster than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 64000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 63552 MB/sec
Difference: 448 (1%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 2GB will be a lot (more or less 30%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM). (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5800 (30%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4850 2GB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 6400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3600 (56%)

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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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 4850 2GB Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 February 2011
Code Name RV770 PRO Turks
Memory 2048 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1986 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 63 watts
Bandwidth 63552 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25000 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10000 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 480
Texture Mapping Units 40 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR4 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 information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant 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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Radeon HD 4850 2GB

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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.

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