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GeForce GTX 870M vs Radeon HD 4870 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 870M features core clock speeds of 941 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, which comes with a core clock speed of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 870M 110 Watts
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 150 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (36%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 4870 1GB should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 870M in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 115200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 870M 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 870M will be quite a bit (more or less 251%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 105392 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 75392 (251%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 870M is superior to the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 22584 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10584 (88%)

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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GeForce GTX 870M

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Radeon HD 4870 1GB

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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 GeForce GTX 870M Radeon HD 4870 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 12 2014 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name GK104 RV770 XT
Memory 3072 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 941 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 96000 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 105392 Mtexels/sec 30000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 22584 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1344 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 112 40
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 55 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 956 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core 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 many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 870M

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Radeon HD 4870 1GB

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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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