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Radeon HD 4870 512MB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 512MB makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5830, which comes with GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up 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 4870 512MB 150 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (17%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5830 should theoretically perform just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 will be quite a bit (more or less 49%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14800 (49%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5830 is a better choice, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 800 (7%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 4870 512MB Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 February 25, 2010
Code Name RV770 XT Cypress LE
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30000 Mtexels/sec 44800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12000 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 956 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 largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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 high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4870 512MB

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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.

Comments

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