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Radeon HD 3870 512MB vs Radeon R9 M270X

Intro

The Radeon HD 3870 512MB features core clock speeds of 775 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M270X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 725 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1125 MHz on this specific card. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R9 M270X should theoretically be quite a bit better than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M270X should be quite a bit (more or less 134%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M270X 29000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16600 (134%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 3870 512MB is just a bit (approximately 7%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 M270X, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M270X 11600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 800 (7%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 3870 512MB Radeon R9 M270X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 May 1 2014
Code Name RV670 XT Venus XT
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 775 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 12400 Mtexels/sec 29000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12400 Mpixels/sec 11600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million (Unknown) 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses 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 better 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially 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 3870 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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