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Radeon HD 4850 1GB vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 4850 1GB features a clock speed of 625 MHz and a GDDR4 memory speed of 993 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 63 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 110 Watts
Difference: 47 Watts (75%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB should in theory perform just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4850 1GB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 1GB will be a lot (more or less 30%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 1GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5800 (30%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4850 1GB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 1GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 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.

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 4850 1GB Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 February 2011
Code Name RV770 PRO Turks
Memory 1024 MB 1024 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 largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number 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 card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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