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Radeon HD 4870 2GB vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 2GB comes with a core clock speed of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 260X, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1100 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1625 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 896 Stream Processors, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 150 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 4870 2GB should theoretically be a small bit better than the Radeon R7 260X overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 2GB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 11200 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X will be quite a bit (more or less 105%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31600 (105%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R7 260X is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5600 (47%)

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 2GB

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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 2GB Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 October 2013
Code Name RV770 XT Bonaire XTX
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 115 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30000 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12000 Mpixels/sec 17600 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 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock 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, most notably 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 2GB

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Radeon R7 260X

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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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