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Radeon HD 4870 2GB vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 2GB comes with a GPU clock speed of 750 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 560, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1175 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 7000 MHz on this card. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 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 2GB 150 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (88%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 4870 2GB should in theory be a little bit faster than the Radeon RX 560 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 2GB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 512 (0%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 should be much (approximately 151%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 45200 (151%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 560 is superior to the Radeon HD 4870 2GB, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 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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Radeon HD 4870 2GB

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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 2GB Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 May 2017
Code Name RV770 XT Baffin
Memory 2048 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 max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4870 2GB

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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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