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Radeon HD 4830 512MB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The Radeon HD 4830 512MB comes with core speeds of 575 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 640(128x5) SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5830, which features a clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1120(224x5) SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4830 512MB 95 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (84%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 5830 should be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 4830 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4830 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 70400 (122%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 is quite a bit (more or less 143%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4830 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 512MB 18400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 26400 (143%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 should be quite a bit (about 39%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4830 512MB, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 512MB 9200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3600 (39%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 4830 512MB Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Oct 21, 2008 February 25, 2010
Code Name RV770 LE Cypress LE
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 575 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 18400 Mtexels/sec 44800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9200 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640(128x5) 1120(224x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 956 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated 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 card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4830 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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