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Radeon HD 4670 1GB vs Radeon HD 7790

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7790, which comes with core speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. 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 4670 1GB 70 Watts
Radeon HD 7790 85 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (21%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 7790 should in theory be a lot better 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 will be quite a bit (more or less 133%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7790 is a better choice, 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

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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

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Model Radeon HD 4670 1GB Radeon HD 7790
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Sep 10, 2008 March 2013
Code Name RV730 XT Bonaire XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 70 watts 85 watts
Bandwidth 35200 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 24000 Mtexels/sec 56000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6000 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
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
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 514 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16, AGP 8x 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 largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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