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Radeon HD 3870 512MB vs Radeon R9 M375X

Intro

The Radeon HD 3870 512MB has clock speeds of 775 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 M375X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1015 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this model. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 M375X should be 25% faster than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon R9 M375X 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 14400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M375X is much (approximately 227%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M375X 40600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 28200 (227%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M375X is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R9 M375X 16240 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3840 (31%)

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 M375X

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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 M375X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 2015
Code Name RV670 XT Cape Verde
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 775 MHz 1015 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 40600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12400 Mpixels/sec 16240 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 maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once 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, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially 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 3870 512MB

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Radeon R9 M375X

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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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