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Radeon R9 285 vs Radeon RX 470


Intro

The Radeon R9 285 has a clock frequency of 918 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1375 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1792 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 470, which comes with a core clock speed of 926 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1650 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation 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.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon RX 470 11810 points
Radeon R9 285 8464 points
Difference: 3346 (40%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 470 26 Mh/s
Radeon R9 285 18 Mh/s
Difference: 8 (44%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 120 Watts
Radeon R9 285 190 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (58%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 470, in theory, should be just a bit faster than the Radeon R9 285 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 211200 MB/sec
Radeon R9 285 176000 MB/sec
Difference: 35200 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 should be a little bit (approximately 15%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 285. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 285 102816 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15712 (15%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 470 is a better choice, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 285 29376 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 256 (1%)

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.

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Radeon R9 285

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Specifications

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Model Radeon R9 285 Radeon RX 470
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year September 2014 August 2016
Code Name Tonga PRO Polaris 10
Memory 2048 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 918 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 5500 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 190 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 176000 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102816 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29376 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1792 2048
Texture Mapping Units 112 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 5000 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.4 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen 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 texture units 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 graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. 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 also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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