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Radeon HD 4670 1GB vs Radeon HD 7770

Intro

The Radeon HD 4670 1GB features a GPU core clock speed of 750 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 RAM is set to run at 1100 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 320(64x5) SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7770, which features GPU clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, 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

In theory, the Radeon HD 7770 should be quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB overall. (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 a lot (about 67%) more effective at AF 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 a better choice, by far. (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

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 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 that the graphics card could 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 colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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