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Radeon HD 3870 512MB vs Radeon R9 M370X

Intro

The Radeon HD 3870 512MB has core speeds of 775 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M370X, which has a GPU core clock speed of 800 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M370X should in theory be much faster than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M370X 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M370X is a lot (more or less 158%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M370X 32000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19600 (158%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M370X should be just a bit (approximately 3%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon R9 M370X 12800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 400 (3%)

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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Radeon R9 M370X

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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 M370X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 2015
Code Name RV670 XT Cape Verde
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 775 MHz 800 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 32000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12400 Mpixels/sec 12800 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant 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 M370X

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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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