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

Intro

The Radeon HD 3850 1GB features a GPU clock speed of 668 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 828 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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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

In theory, the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB is 21% quicker than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB overall, due to its greater data rate. (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 will be a lot (more or less 80%) more effective at texture filtering 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 running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 3850 1GB is the winner, and very much so. (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.

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Radeon HD 3850 1GB

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 3850 1GB Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 February 2011
Code Name RV670 PRO Turks
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 668 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1656 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 63 watts
Bandwidth 52992 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10688 Mtexels/sec 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10688 Mpixels/sec 6400 Mpixels/sec
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
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 715 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x 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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. 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 rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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