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Radeon HD 4830 512MB vs Radeon HD 4850 512MB

Intro

The Radeon HD 4830 512MB uses a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 575 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 640(128x5) SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4850 512MB, which comes with core clock speeds of 625 MHz on the GPU, and 993 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4830 512MB 95 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 512MB 110 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (16%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 4850 512MB should theoretically be a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 4830 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 512MB 63552 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4830 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 5952 (10%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 512MB should be a lot (more or less 36%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4830 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 512MB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 512MB 18400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6600 (36%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 512MB should be a small bit (about 9%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4830 512MB, and able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 512MB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 512MB 9200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 800 (9%)

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 4830 512MB Radeon HD 4850 512MB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Oct 21, 2008 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name RV770 LE RV770 PRO
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 575 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1986 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 63552 MB/sec
Texel Rate 18400 Mtexels/sec 25000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9200 Mpixels/sec 10000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640(128x5) 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 55 nm
Transistors 956 million 956 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel 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 maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4830 512MB

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Radeon HD 4850 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.

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