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Radeon HD 6870 vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The Radeon HD 6870 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1050 MHz on this specific model. It features 1120 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 460, which has GPU core speed of 1090 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 896 Stream Processors, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 75 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 76 Watts (101%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6870 will be 20% faster than the Radeon RX 460 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 will be much (about 21%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6870. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10640 (21%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11360 (65%)

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 6870

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 460

Amazon.com

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 6870 Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2010 August 2016
Code Name Barts XT Polaris 11
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 4200 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 151 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 50400 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 28800 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1120 896
Texture Mapping Units 56 56
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 14 nm
Transistors 1700 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. 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 is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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