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Radeon HD 4890 2GB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The Radeon HD 4890 2GB has a core clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 975 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5830, which has a clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1120(224x5) SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 190 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (9%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 5830 should be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 124800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (3%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 should be a bit (approximately 12%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4800 (12%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4890 2GB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 4890 2GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

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 4890 2GB

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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 4890 2GB Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Apr 2, 2009 February 25, 2010
Code Name RV790 XT Cypress LE
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 3900 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 190 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 124800 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40000 Mtexels/sec 44800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16000 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 1120(224x5)
Texture Mapping Units 40 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 959 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 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 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 worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably 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 4890 2GB

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Radeon HD 5830

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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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