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Radeon HD 4870 1GB vs Radeon HD 7790

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB features core speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7790, which features core clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7790 85 Watts
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 150 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (76%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB should in theory be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 7790 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7790 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7790 is a lot (more or less 87%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 7790 56000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 26000 (87%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7790 is much (approximately 33%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, and able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 7790 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4000 (33%)

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 4870 1GB

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Radeon HD 7790

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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 4870 1GB Radeon HD 7790
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 March 2013
Code Name RV770 XT Bonaire XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 85 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30000 Mtexels/sec 56000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12000 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 896
Texture Mapping Units 40 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 956 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core 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 lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4870 1GB

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Radeon HD 7790

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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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