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Radeon HD 3850 512MB vs Radeon HD 4770

Intro

The Radeon HD 3850 512MB comes with a GPU clock speed of 668 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 828 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 320(64x5) Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4770, which has core clock speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 640(128x5) SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 3850 512MB 75 Watts
Radeon HD 4770 80 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 3850 512MB should be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4770 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 512MB 52992 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4770 51200 MB/sec
Difference: 1792 (4%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4770 will be a lot (more or less 125%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3850 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4770 24000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13312 (125%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4770 is just a bit (about 12%) better at AA than the Radeon HD 3850 512MB, and should be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 4770 12000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 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 512MB

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 3850 512MB Radeon HD 4770
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 Apr 28, 2009
Code Name RV670 PRO RV740
Memory 512 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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 also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 3850 512MB

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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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