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Radeon HD 4870 1GB vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB features a clock speed of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 560, which comes with clock speeds of 1175 MHz on the GPU, and 7000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 150 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (88%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB, in theory, should perform a small bit faster than the Radeon RX 560 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 512 (0%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 should be quite a bit (about 151%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 45200 (151%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 560 is superior to the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 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 1GB Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 May 2017
Code Name RV770 XT Baffin
Memory 1024 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 largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4870 1GB

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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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