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Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB vs Radeon HD 4890 2GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB uses a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 993 MHz on this card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4890 2GB, which comes with a core clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 975 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4890 2GB 190 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 250 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (32%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB should theoretically be just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 127104 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 124800 MB/sec
Difference: 2304 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB will be quite a bit (approximately 25%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 50000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10000 (25%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 20000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4000 (25%)

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 4850 X2 512MB Radeon HD 4890 2GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 7, 2008 Apr 2, 2009
Code Name R700 RV790 XT
Memory 512 MB (x2) 2048 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz (x2) 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1986 MHz (x2) 3900 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 127104 MB/sec 124800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 50000 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20000 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) (x2) 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 40 (x2) 40
Render Output Units 16 (x2) 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 55 nm
Transistors 956 million 959 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 (PCIe bridge) PCIe 2.0 x16
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 (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. 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 many 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 4850 X2 512MB

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Radeon HD 4890 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.

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