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Radeon HD 4870 512MB vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 512MB has a core clock frequency of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 560, which comes with core speeds of 1175 MHz on the GPU, and 7000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 150 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (88%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 4870 512MB will be 0% quicker than the Radeon RX 560 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 512MB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 512 (0%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 should be much (more or less 151%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 45200 (151%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 560 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6800 (57%)

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 4870 512MB Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 May 2017
Code Name RV770 XT Baffin
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30000 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12000 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 1024
Texture Mapping Units 40 64
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 14 nm
Transistors 956 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4870 512MB

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Radeon RX 560

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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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