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Radeon HD 4870 1GB vs Radeon R7 260X

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB features core speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 260X, which comes with GPU clock speed of 1100 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1625 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 896 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 260X 115 Watts
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 150 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 4870 1GB is 11% faster than the Radeon R7 260X in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon R7 260X 104000 MB/sec
Difference: 11200 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 260X is a lot (more or less 105%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 61600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31600 (105%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 260X is superior to the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, by far. (explain)

Radeon R7 260X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 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 1GB

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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.

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 4870 1GB Radeon R7 260X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 October 2013
Code Name RV770 XT Bonaire XTX
Memory 1024 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4870 1GB

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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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