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Radeon HD 4830 512MB vs Radeon HD 4850 512MB

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The Radeon HD 4830 512MB has a GPU core speed of 575 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 640(128x5) Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4850 512MB, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 993 MHz on this specific model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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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

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 4850 512MB should in theory be a little bit better 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 is much (approximately 36%) more effective at anisotropic filtering 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

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4850 512MB is superior to the Radeon HD 4830 512MB, not by a very large margin though. (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.

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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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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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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