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Radeon HD 4830 1GB vs Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB

Intro

The Radeon HD 4830 1GB comes with core speeds of 575 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR4 memory. It features 640(128x5) SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB, which uses a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 625 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 993 MHz on this particular model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4830 1GB 95 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 250 Watts
Difference: 155 Watts (163%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB should perform much faster than the Radeon HD 4830 1GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 127104 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 69504 (121%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB should be much (about 172%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4830 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 50000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 18400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31600 (172%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB 20000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 1GB 9200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10800 (117%)

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 4830 1GB

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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 4830 1GB Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Oct 21, 2008 Nov 7, 2008
Code Name RV770 LE R700
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB (x2)
Core Speed 575 MHz 625 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1986 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 127104 MB/sec
Texel Rate 18400 Mtexels/sec 50000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9200 Mpixels/sec 20000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640(128x5) 800(160x5) (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 32 40 (x2)
Render Output Units 16 16 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR4 GDDR3
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 maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 are applied per second. This figure 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 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 most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4830 1GB

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Radeon HD 4850 X2 512MB

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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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