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Radeon HD 4650 1GB vs Radeon HD 7750

Intro

The Radeon HD 4650 1GB has core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 700 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7750, which comes with a clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1125 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 512 SPUs, 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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 7750 should in theory be much superior to the Radeon HD 4650 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7750 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4650 1GB 22400 MB/sec
Difference: 49600 (221%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7750 will be quite a bit (more or less 33%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4650 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 7750 25600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4650 1GB 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6400 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7750 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 7750 12800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4650 1GB 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 1GB

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 1GB 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 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 700 MHz (1400 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 512
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR3 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 22400 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 19200 Mtexels/sec 25600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4800 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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