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Radeon HD 3870 1GB vs Radeon R7 250X

Intro

The Radeon HD 3870 1GB features core speeds of 775 MHz on the GPU, and 1125 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR4 RAM. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 250X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this card. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 250X 95 Watts
Radeon HD 3870 1GB 106 Watts
Difference: 11 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 250X is much (about 223%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3870 1GB. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 40000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 1GB 12400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27600 (223%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 250X is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 1GB 12400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3600 (29%)

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 3870 1GB

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Radeon R7 250X

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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 3870 1GB Radeon R7 250X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 February 2014
Code Name RV670 XT Cape Verde XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 775 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 2250 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 72000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 12400 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12400 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR4 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 1500 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x 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 (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 card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure 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 card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 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 3870 1GB

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Radeon R7 250X

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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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