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Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB vs Radeon RX 460 2GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB has core speeds of 625 MHz on the GPU, and 993 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 460 2GB, which comes with GPU core speed of 1090 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 896 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 75 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 250 Watts
Difference: 175 Watts (233%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB should be just a bit faster than the Radeon RX 460 2GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 127104 MB/sec
Radeon RX 460 2GB 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 15104 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 2GB should be quite a bit (approximately 22%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 61040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 50000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11040 (22%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB should be a bit (approximately 15%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 460 2GB, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 20000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 2GB 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2560 (15%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB

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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 4850 X2 1GB Radeon RX 460 2GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 7, 2008 August 2016
Code Name R700 Polaris 11
Memory 1024 MB (x2) 2048 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz (x2) 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 1986 MHz (x2) 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 127104 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 50000 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20000 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) (x2) 896
Texture Mapping Units 40 (x2) 56
Render Output Units 16 (x2) 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 14 nm
Transistors 956 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 (PCIe bridge) PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

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

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs 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 - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB

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Radeon RX 460 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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