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Radeon HD 4850 2GB vs Radeon R7 250X 2GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 4850 2GB has clock speeds of 625 MHz on the GPU, and 993 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR4 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 250X 2GB, which comes with a clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1125 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 250X 2GB 95 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 110 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (16%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R7 250X 2GB is 13% quicker than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 2GB 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 63552 MB/sec
Difference: 8448 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 250X 2GB is quite a bit (approximately 60%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 2GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15000 (60%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R7 250X 2GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 2GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6000 (60%)

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 4850 2GB

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Radeon R7 250X 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 4850 2GB Radeon R7 250X 2GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 February 2014
Code Name RV770 PRO Cape Verde XT
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1986 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 63552 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25000 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10000 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 640
Texture Mapping Units 40 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR4 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 956 million 1500 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 (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4850 2GB

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Radeon R7 250X 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.

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