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Nvidia Titan X vs Radeon HD 4870 2GB

Intro

The Nvidia Titan X comes with core speeds of 1417 MHz on the GPU, and 1251 MHz on the 12288 MB of GDDR5X memory. It features 3584 SPUs as well as 224 TAUs and 96 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4870 2GB, which uses a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4870 2GB 150 Watts
Nvidia Titan X 250 Watts
Difference: 100 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Nvidia Titan X should in theory be quite a bit superior to the Radeon HD 4870 2GB overall. (explain)

Nvidia Titan X 491520 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 376320 (327%)

Texel Rate

The Nvidia Titan X should be quite a bit (about 958%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB. (explain)

Nvidia Titan X 317408 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 287408 (958%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Nvidia Titan X is the winner, by far. (explain)

Nvidia Titan X 136032 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 124032 (1034%)

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 Nvidia Titan X Radeon HD 4870 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name GP102-400 RV770 XT
Memory 12288 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1417 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 10008 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 491520 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 317408 Mtexels/sec 30000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 136032 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3584 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 224 40
Render Output Units 96 16
Bus Type GDDR5X GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 55 nm
Transistors 12000 million 956 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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Nvidia Titan X

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Radeon HD 4870 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.

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