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Radeon HD 4650 512MB vs Radeon HD 7750

Intro

The Radeon HD 4650 512MB has clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 500 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7750, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1125 MHz on this card. It features 512 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 7750, in theory, should be much faster than the Radeon HD 4650 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7750 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4650 512MB 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 56000 (350%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7750 should be a lot (approximately 33%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4650 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 7750 25600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4650 512MB 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6400 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7750 is superior to the Radeon HD 4650 512MB, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 7750 12800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4650 512MB 4800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8000 (167%)

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 4650 512MB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7750

Amazon.com

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.

Specifications

Model Radeon HD 4650 512MB Radeon HD 7750
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Sep 10, 2008 February 2012
Code Name RV730 PRO Cape Verde Pro
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16, AGP 8x PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 500 MHz (1000 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 512
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 55 watts 55 watts
Shader Model 4.1 5.0
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 19200 Mtexels/sec 25600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4800 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

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

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