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Radeon HD 3850 256MB vs Radeon HD 4770

Intro

The Radeon HD 3850 256MB features a GPU clock speed of 668 MHz, and the 256 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 828 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4770, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 800 MHz on this model. It features 640(128x5) SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 3850 256MB 75 Watts
Radeon HD 4770 80 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 3850 256MB should theoretically be a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 4770 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 256MB 52992 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4770 51200 MB/sec
Difference: 1792 (4%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4770 will be quite a bit (more or less 125%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3850 256MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4770 24000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 256MB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13312 (125%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4770 is superior to the Radeon HD 3850 256MB, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 4770 12000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 256MB 10688 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1312 (12%)

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 3850 256MB

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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 256MB Radeon HD 4770
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 Apr 28, 2009
Code Name RV670 PRO RV740
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 668 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 1656 MHz 3200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 52992 MB/sec 51200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10688 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10688 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 826 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 data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling 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 that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 3850 256MB

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Radeon HD 4770

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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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