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Radeon HD 4790 vs Radeon RX 460 2GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 4790 comes with core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 640(128x5) SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 460 2GB, which features GPU core speed of 1090 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 896 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 460 2GB should theoretically be just a bit better than the Radeon HD 4790 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 112000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4790 102400 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (9%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 2GB will be quite a bit (about 218%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4790. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 61040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4790 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 41840 (218%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 460 2GB is superior to the Radeon HD 4790, by far. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 17440 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4790 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7840 (82%)

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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Radeon HD 4790

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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.

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 4790 Radeon RX 460 2GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year 2009 August 2016
Code Name RV790 Polaris 11
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 3200 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 102400 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 19200 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640(128x5) 896
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 14 nm
Transistors 959 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 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 largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4790

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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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