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Radeon HD 3850 1GB vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 3850 1GB makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 668 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 828 MHz on this specific model. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units 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) 1GB 63 Watts
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 75 Watts
Difference: 12 Watts (19%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 64000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 52992 MB/sec
Difference: 11008 (21%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB should be quite a bit (approximately 80%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 19200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8512 (80%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 3850 1GB is superior to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 1GB 10688 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 6400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4288 (67%)

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 3850 1GB

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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB

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Specifications

Model Radeon HD 3850 1GB Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 February 2011
Code Name RV670 PRO Turks
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 668 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 828 MHz (1656 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 480
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 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) 75 watts 63 watts
Shader Model 4.1 5.0
Bandwidth 52992 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10688 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10688 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 can be processed per 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 video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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