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GeForce GTX 880M vs Radeon HD 4870 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 880M has a GPU clock speed of 954 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1536 Stream Processors, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 4870 512MB, which features a GPU core clock speed of 750 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 880M 130 Watts
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 150 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (15%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 880M should perform a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 880M 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 880M will be quite a bit (about 307%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 880M 122112 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 92112 (307%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 880M is a lot (more or less 154%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 880M 30528 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 18528 (154%)

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 880M

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Radeon HD 4870 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 GeForce GTX 880M Radeon HD 4870 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 12 2014 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name GK104 RV770 XT
Memory 4096 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 954 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 130 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 122112 Mtexels/sec 30000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 30528 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 128 40
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 880M

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Radeon HD 4870 512MB

Amazon.com

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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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