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Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB vs Radeon R9 M275X

Intro

The Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB features a GPU core clock speed of 825 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 320(64x5) Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M275X, which has a core clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB should perform quite a bit faster than the Radeon R9 M275X overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M275X 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 43200 (60%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M275X is quite a bit (about 36%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M275X 36000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9600 (36%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB 26400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M275X 14400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12000 (83%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB

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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 X2 512MB Radeon R9 M275X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jan 28, 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name R680 Venus XTX
Memory 512 MB (x2) 2048 MB
Core Speed 825 MHz (x2) 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz (x2) 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26400 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) (x2) 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 (x2) 40
Render Output Units 16 (x2) 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16/(internal PCIe 1.1 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 data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, 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 by the core 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number 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 output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 3870 X2 512MB

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Radeon R9 M275X

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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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