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Radeon HD 3870 512MB vs Radeon R9 M365X

Intro

The Radeon HD 3870 512MB comes with a clock speed of 775 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M365X, which has core clock speeds of 925 MHz on the GPU, and 1125 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M365X, in theory, should be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M365X 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M365X will be a lot (about 198%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M365X 37000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24600 (198%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M365X should be just a bit (more or less 19%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon R9 M365X 14800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2400 (19%)

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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Radeon HD 3870 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 Radeon HD 3870 512MB Radeon R9 M365X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 2015
Code Name RV670 XT Cape Verde
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 775 MHz 925 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 12400 Mtexels/sec 37000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12400 Mpixels/sec 14800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 3870 512MB

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Radeon R9 M365X

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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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