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Radeon HD 4830 1GB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The Radeon HD 4830 1GB comes with a core clock frequency of 575 MHz and a GDDR4 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 640(128x5) SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5830, which has core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1120(224x5) SPUs as well as 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 1GB 95 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (84%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5830 should in theory be a lot superior to the Radeon HD 4830 1GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 70400 (122%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 is a lot (more or less 143%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4830 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 18400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 26400 (143%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5830 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 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 1GB Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Oct 21, 2008 February 25, 2010
Code Name RV770 LE Cypress LE
Memory 1024 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 GDDR4 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated 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 filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4830 1GB

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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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