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

Intro

The Radeon HD 3850 1GB has a core clock speed of 668 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 828 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which has a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 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)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB 63 Watts
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 75 Watts
Difference: 12 Watts (19%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB should perform 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 is a lot (about 80%) more effective at anisotropic 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 3850 1GB is a better choice, 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.

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 information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount 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 applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many 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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