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Radeon HD 4890 1GB vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The Radeon HD 4890 1GB features core clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 975 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7850, which has core speeds of 860 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7850 130 Watts
Radeon HD 4890 1GB 190 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (46%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 7850 should in theory be quite a bit better than the Radeon HD 4890 1GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 153600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4890 1GB 124800 MB/sec
Difference: 28800 (23%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7850 will be quite a bit (more or less 38%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 4890 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 1GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15040 (38%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7850 is superior to the Radeon HD 4890 1GB, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 1GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11520 (72%)

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

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Radeon HD 4890 1GB

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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

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Model Radeon HD 4890 1GB Radeon HD 7850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Apr 2, 2009 March 2012
Code Name RV790 XT Pitcairn Pro
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 860 MHz
Memory Speed 3900 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 190 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 124800 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40000 Mtexels/sec 55040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16000 Mpixels/sec 27520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 1024
Texture Mapping Units 40 64
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 959 million 2800 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units 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 applied in a second.

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

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Radeon HD 4890 1GB

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Radeon HD 7850

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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.

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