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Radeon HD 4890 2GB vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The Radeon HD 4890 2GB makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 975 MHz on this specific model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 460, which has a clock frequency of 1090 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It is made up of 896 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 75 Watts
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 190 Watts
Difference: 115 Watts (153%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 4890 2GB should theoretically be a small bit superior to the Radeon RX 460 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4890 2GB 124800 MB/sec
Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 should be quite a bit (approximately 53%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21040 (53%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 460 is the winner, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1440 (9%)

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 4890 2GB

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 4890 2GB Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Apr 2, 2009 August 2016
Code Name RV790 XT Polaris 11
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 3900 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 190 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 124800 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40000 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16000 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 896
Texture Mapping Units 40 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 maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated 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 it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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