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Radeon HD 4790 vs Radeon RX 460

Intro

The Radeon HD 4790 features a clock speed of 600 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 640(128x5) SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 460, which features a core clock speed of 1090 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It features 896 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 460 will be 9% faster than the Radeon HD 4790 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 should be quite a bit (about 218%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 4790. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 should be much (more or less 82%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4790, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 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

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 4790 Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year 2009 August 2016
Code Name RV790 Polaris 11
Memory 512 MB 4096 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 max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 can be applied per second. This figure 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its 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 the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka 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 of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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