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Radeon HD 4670 1GB vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 4670 1GB comes with a clock speed of 750 MHz and a GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory speed of 1100 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 320(64x5) SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7770, which comes with a core clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4670 1GB 70 Watts
Radeon HD 7770 80 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (14%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 7770 should theoretically be a lot better than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 35200 MB/sec
Difference: 36800 (105%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7770 should be quite a bit (about 67%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 40000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16000 (67%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7770 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 7770 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 6000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10000 (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 4670 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7770

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model Radeon HD 4670 1GB Radeon HD 7770
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Sep 10, 2008 February 2012
Code Name RV730 XT Cape Verde XT
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16, AGP 8x PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1100 MHz (2200 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 640
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/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) 70 watts 80 watts
Shader Model 4.1 5.0
Bandwidth 35200 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 24000 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6000 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the 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 are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 chip can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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