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Radeon HD 3850 512MB vs Radeon HD 4830 512MB

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The Radeon HD 3850 512MB has a clock frequency of 668 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 828 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It features 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4830 512MB, which comes with GPU clock speed of 575 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM running at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640(128x5) SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 3850 512MB 75 Watts
Radeon HD 4830 512MB 95 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (27%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 4830 512MB is 9% quicker than the Radeon HD 3850 512MB overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 4830 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 52992 MB/sec
Difference: 4608 (9%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4830 512MB will be much (approximately 72%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3850 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4830 512MB 18400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7712 (72%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 3850 512MB should be just a bit (approximately 16%) more effective at AA than the Radeon HD 4830 512MB, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 512MB 10688 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 512MB 9200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1488 (16%)

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 3850 512MB Radeon HD 4830 512MB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 Oct 21, 2008
Code Name RV670 PRO RV770 LE
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 668 MHz 575 MHz
Memory Speed 1656 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 52992 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10688 Mtexels/sec 18400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10688 Mpixels/sec 9200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 55 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 956 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x 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 largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, 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 most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour 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 fill rate also depends on lots of 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 3850 512MB

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Radeon HD 4830 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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