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Radeon HD 3870 512MB vs Radeon HD 4550 512MB

Intro

The Radeon HD 3870 512MB has core clock speeds of 775 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4550 512MB, which features core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 80(16x5) SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4550 512MB 25 Watts
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 106 Watts
Difference: 81 Watts (324%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 3870 512MB should theoretically be a lot superior to the Radeon HD 4550 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4550 512MB 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 44800 (350%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 3870 512MB will be much (about 158%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4550 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4550 512MB 4800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7600 (158%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 3870 512MB should be quite a bit (approximately 417%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4550 512MB, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4550 512MB 2400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10000 (417%)

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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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 3870 512MB Radeon HD 4550 512MB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 Sep 30, 2008
Code Name RV670 XT RV710
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 775 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 25 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 12400 Mtexels/sec 4800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12400 Mpixels/sec 2400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 80(16x5)
Texture Mapping Units 16 8
Render Output Units 16 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 55 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 242 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs 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 rate also depends on lots of 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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Radeon HD 3870 512MB

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Radeon HD 4550 512MB

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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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