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Radeon HD 7870 XT vs Radeon RX 480 4GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 7870 XT comes with a core clock speed of 925 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1536 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1120 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 480 4GB 25 Mh/s
Radeon HD 7870 XT 15 Mh/s
Difference: 10 (67%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 150 Watts
Radeon HD 7870 XT 185 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (23%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 480 4GB, in theory, should perform a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 7870 XT in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 229376 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 192000 MB/sec
Difference: 37376 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 4GB should be much (about 82%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7870 XT. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 161280 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 88800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 72480 (82%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 4GB should be much (more or less 21%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 7870 XT, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 35840 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 29600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6240 (21%)

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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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 7870 XT Radeon RX 480 4GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2012 June 2016
Code Name Tahiti LE Polaris 10
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 925 MHz 1120 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 185 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 88800 Mtexels/sec 161280 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29600 Mpixels/sec 35840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 2304
Texture Mapping Units 96 144
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 4313 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 7870 XT

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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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