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Radeon HD 4850 1GB vs Radeon HD 5670

Intro

The Radeon HD 4850 1GB makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 625 MHz. The GDDR4 memory is set to run at a speed of 993 MHz on this specific model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5670, which comes with a GPU core clock 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) Stream Processors, 20 Texture Address Units, 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

The Radeon HD 5670 should in theory perform just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4850 1GB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 1GB will be much (more or less 61%) better at texture filtering 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 using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4850 1GB is the winner, by far. (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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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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach 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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