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Radeon HD 4790 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The Radeon HD 4790 features a GPU core clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 800 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 640(128x5) SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 560, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1175 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 7000 MHz on this specific card. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 560 should in theory be just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4790 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4790 102400 MB/sec
Difference: 12288 (12%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 will be much (about 292%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4790. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4790 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 56000 (292%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 560 is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4790 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9200 (96%)

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 4790

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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.

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 4790 Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year 2009 May 2017
Code Name RV790 Baffin
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 3200 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 102400 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 19200 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640(128x5) 1024
Texture Mapping Units 32 64
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 14 nm
Transistors 959 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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4790

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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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