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Radeon HD 4850 1GB vs Radeon HD 5670

Intro

The Radeon HD 4850 1GB comes with a clock speed of 625 MHz and a GDDR4 memory frequency of 993 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is made up of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5670, which has GPU core speed of 775 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 400(80x5) SPUs, 20 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5670 61 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 110 Watts
Difference: 49 Watts (80%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 5670 should in theory be a small bit better than the Radeon HD 4850 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5670 64000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 63552 MB/sec
Difference: 448 (1%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 1GB should be a lot (more or less 61%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 5670. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 1GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5670 15500 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9500 (61%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4850 1GB is superior to the Radeon HD 5670, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 1GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5670 6200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3800 (61%)

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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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 4850 1GB Radeon HD 5670
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 January 14, 2010
Code Name RV770 PRO Redwood XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 775 MHz
Memory Speed 1986 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 61 watts
Bandwidth 63552 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25000 Mtexels/sec 15500 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10000 Mpixels/sec 6200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 400(80x5)
Texture Mapping Units 40 20
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR4 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 956 million 627 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes 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 speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4850 1GB

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Radeon HD 5670

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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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