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Radeon HD 3850 1GB vs Radeon HD 4830 1GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 3850 1GB comes with a GPU core speed of 668 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 828 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4830 1GB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 575 MHz and a GDDR4 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is made up of 640(128x5) SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 3850 1GB 75 Watts
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 95 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (27%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 4830 1GB, in theory, should be a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4830 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 52992 MB/sec
Difference: 4608 (9%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4830 1GB is a lot (about 72%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4830 1GB 18400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 1GB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7712 (72%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 3850 1GB is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 1GB 10688 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 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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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 3850 1GB Radeon HD 4830 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 Oct 21, 2008
Code Name RV670 PRO RV770 LE
Memory 1024 MB 1024 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 GDDR4
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 (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across 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 memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called 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, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 3850 1GB

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Radeon HD 4830 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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