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Radeon HD 4870 2GB vs Radeon HD 4870 X2

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 2GB makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4870 X2, which has a clock speed of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4870 2GB 150 Watts
Radeon HD 4870 X2 350 Watts
Difference: 200 Watts (133%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 4870 X2 should in theory be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 X2 230400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 115200 (100%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4870 X2 should be a lot (more or less 100%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 X2 60000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30000 (100%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4870 X2 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 X2 24000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12000 (100%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

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 2GB Radeon HD 4870 X2
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 Aug 12, 2008
Code Name RV770 XT R700
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB (x2)
Core Speed 750 MHz 750 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 3600 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 350 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 230400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30000 Mtexels/sec 60000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12000 Mpixels/sec 24000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 800(160x5) (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 40 40 (x2)
Render Output Units 16 16 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 55 nm 55 nm
Transistors 956 million 956 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16 (PCIe bridge)
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 number of pixels 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 amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably 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 2GB

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Radeon HD 4870 X2

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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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