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Radeon HD 4850 2GB vs Radeon R7 M260X

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M260X, which features core speeds of 825 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R7 M260X will be 1% quicker than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R7 M260X 64000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 63552 MB/sec
Difference: 448 (1%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 2GB will be much (more or less 26%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R7 M260X. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 19800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5200 (26%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 2GB should be a lot (approximately 52%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 M260X, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 2GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 M260X 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3400 (52%)

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 M260X

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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 M260X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 June 2014
Code Name RV770 PRO Opal
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 825 MHz
Memory Speed 1986 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 63552 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25000 Mtexels/sec 19800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10000 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 384
Texture Mapping Units 40 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR4 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 956 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x8
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 data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

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Radeon HD 4850 2GB

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Radeon R7 M260X

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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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