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Radeon HD 4850 2GB vs Radeon R9 M275X

Intro

The Radeon HD 4850 2GB has core 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 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M275X, which features core speeds of 900 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 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M275X 50 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 110 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (120%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 M275X should be 13% faster than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R9 M275X 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 63552 MB/sec
Difference: 8448 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M275X will be much (approximately 44%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M275X 36000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11000 (44%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M275X is much (about 44%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4850 2GB, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon R9 M275X 14400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 2GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4400 (44%)

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 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.

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 4850 2GB Radeon R9 M275X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 May 1 2014
Code Name RV770 PRO Venus XTX
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1986 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 63552 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25000 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10000 Mpixels/sec 14400 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 (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 maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4850 2GB

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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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