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Radeon HD 4670 1GB vs Radeon HD 7790

Intro

The Radeon HD 4670 1GB features a GPU 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 made up of 320(64x5) Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7790, which features 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 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 7790 85 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (21%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 7790 should perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7790 96000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 35200 MB/sec
Difference: 60800 (173%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7790 is quite a bit (approximately 133%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 7790 56000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4670 1GB 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32000 (133%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7790 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 7790 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 7790

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 7790
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Sep 10, 2008 March 2013
Code Name RV730 XT Bonaire 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) 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 896
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
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 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts 85 watts
Shader Model 4.1 5.0
Bandwidth 35200 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 24000 Mtexels/sec 56000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6000 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling 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 the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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