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Radeon HD 4870 1GB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB uses a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5830, which features core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1120(224x5) SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 150 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (17%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 5830 will be 11% quicker than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 will be quite a bit (approximately 49%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14800 (49%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 will be just a bit (approximately 7%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, and should be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 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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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 4870 1GB Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 February 25, 2010
Code Name RV770 XT Cypress LE
Memory 1024 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its 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 - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4870 1GB

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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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