Compare any two graphics cards:
Radeon HD 3870 512MB vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB
IntroThe Radeon HD 3870 512MB makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 775 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 16 ROPs.
Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which has a GPU core clock speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 480 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB should in theory be just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB will be a lot (about 55%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 3870 512MB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)
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.
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.
Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.