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Radeon HD 4830 512MB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The Radeon HD 4830 512MB features core speeds of 575 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 640(128x5) SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5830, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 1120(224x5) SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator 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

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5830 should in theory be much superior to 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 will be much (about 143%) faster with regards to AF 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 a lot (about 39%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4830 512MB, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (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 data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4830 512MB

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Radeon HD 5830

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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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