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Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB vs Radeon R9 M390X

Intro

The Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB has core speeds of 825 MHz on the GPU, and 1126 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR4 RAM. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M390X, which has a clock frequency of 723 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 M390X will be 11% faster than the Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 160000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB 144128 MB/sec
Difference: 15872 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M390X will be a lot (about 251%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 92544 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 66144 (251%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB will be just a bit (more or less 14%) better at FSAA than the Radeon R9 M390X, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB 26400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M390X 23136 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3264 (14%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

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Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB

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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 X2 1GB Radeon R9 M390X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jan 28, 2008 2015
Code Name R680 Tonga
Memory 1024 MB (x2) 4096 MB
Core Speed 825 MHz (x2) 723 MHz
Memory Speed 2252 MHz (x2) 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 144128 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 92544 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 26400 Mpixels/sec 23136 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) (x2) 2048
Texture Mapping Units 16 (x2) 128
Render Output Units 16 (x2) 32
Bus Type GDDR4 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16/(internal PCIe 1.1 x16) PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB

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Radeon R9 M390X

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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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