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Radeon HD 4870 1GB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5830, which has core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1120(224x5) SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 5830 should perform a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 is a lot (approximately 49%) better 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 is just a bit (more or less 7%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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 MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, 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 can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core 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 processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to 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 reach the maximum 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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