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Radeon HD 4870 512MB vs Radeon R9 M385X

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 512MB features a GPU clock speed of 750 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 800(160x5) Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M385X, which comes with clock speeds of 1100 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 896 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 4870 512MB should perform a bit faster than the Radeon R9 M385X in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 512MB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M385X 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M385X is much (about 105%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M385X 61600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31600 (105%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M385X is a lot (more or less 47%) better at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon R9 M385X 17600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5600 (47%)

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 4870 512MB Radeon R9 M385X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 2015
Code Name RV770 XT Bonaire
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 1100 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30000 Mtexels/sec 61600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12000 Mpixels/sec 17600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 896
Texture Mapping Units 40 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 956 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could 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 ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4870 512MB

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Radeon R9 M385X

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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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