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Radeon HD 4670 1GB vs Radeon HD 7790

Intro

The Radeon HD 4670 1GB makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 750 MHz. The GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this card. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7790, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this model. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

(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 be 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 will be much (about 133%) better at anisotropic 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7790 is the winner, by a large margin. (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

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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 max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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