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Radeon HD 4670 1GB vs Radeon HD 7790

Intro

The Radeon HD 4670 1GB features a GPU core speed of 750 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 RAM runs at 1100 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 320(64x5) SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7790, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 896 SPUs, 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

In theory, the Radeon HD 7790 should perform much faster than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7790 is much (more or less 133%) faster with regards to 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 resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7790 is superior to the Radeon HD 4670 1GB, 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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