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Radeon HD 4850 512MB vs Radeon R9 M270X

Intro

The Radeon HD 4850 512MB has clock speeds of 625 MHz on the GPU, and 993 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M270X, which features clock speeds of 725 MHz on the GPU, and 1125 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R9 M270X should be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4850 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 63552 MB/sec
Difference: 8448 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M270X is a little bit (more or less 16%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4850 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 29000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4000 (16%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M270X is a better choice, but only just. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 11600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1600 (16%)

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 512MB

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Radeon R9 M270X

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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 512MB Radeon R9 M270X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name RV770 PRO Venus XT
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed 1986 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 63552 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25000 Mtexels/sec 29000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10000 Mpixels/sec 11600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 640
Texture Mapping Units 40 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 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 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a 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 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 processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4850 512MB

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Radeon R9 M270X

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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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