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Radeon HD 4870 1GB vs Radeon HD 4870 X2

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB comes with core clock speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4870 X2, which comes with GPU clock speed of 750 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 800(160x5) Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 150 Watts
Radeon HD 4870 X2 350 Watts
Difference: 200 Watts (133%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 4870 X2 should be quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 X2 230400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 115200 (100%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4870 X2 is a lot (more or less 100%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 X2 60000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30000 (100%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4870 X2 is much (more or less 100%) better at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 X2 24000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 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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Radeon HD 4870 1GB

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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.

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 4870 1GB Radeon HD 4870 X2
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 Aug 12, 2008
Code Name RV770 XT R700
Memory 1024 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4870 1GB

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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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