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Radeon HD 3470 256MB vs Radeon HD 3650 512MB

Intro

The Radeon HD 3470 256MB comes with a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 950 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It features 40(8x5) SPUs, 4 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 3650 512MB, which comes with clock speeds of 725 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 120(24x5) SPUs as well as 8 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 3470 256MB, in theory, should be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 3650 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 3470 256MB 30400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3650 512MB 25600 MB/sec
Difference: 4800 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 3650 512MB should be a lot (approximately 81%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3470 256MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 3650 512MB 5800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3470 256MB 3200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2600 (81%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 3470 256MB is the winner, but not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 3470 256MB 3200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3650 512MB 2900 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 300 (10%)

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 3470 256MB Radeon HD 3650 512MB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year 2008 2008
Code Name RV620 PRO RV635 PRO
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed 1900 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 78 watts
Bandwidth 30400 MB/sec 25600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 3200 Mtexels/sec 5800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 3200 Mpixels/sec 2900 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 40(8x5) 120(24x5)
Texture Mapping Units 4 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 55 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably 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 3470 256MB

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Radeon HD 3650 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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