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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 memory is set to run at 828 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with a clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation 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 in theory be much 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 will be a lot (approximately 80%) better 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

The Radeon HD 3850 1GB is a lot (approximately 67%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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