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Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB vs Radeon HD 6850

Intro

The Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB has core speeds of 625 MHz on the GPU, and 993 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6850, which has a core clock frequency of 775 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 960 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6850 127 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 250 Watts
Difference: 123 Watts (97%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6850 should be 1% quicker than the Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 127104 MB/sec
Difference: 896 (1%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB is much (more or less 34%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 6850. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 50000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6850 37200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12800 (34%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6850 will be a lot (more or less 24%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 6850 24800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 20000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4800 (24%)

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 1GB Radeon HD 6850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 7, 2008 October 2010
Code Name R700 Barts Pro
Memory 1024 MB (x2) 1024 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz (x2) 775 MHz
Memory Speed 1986 MHz (x2) 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 127 watts
Bandwidth 127104 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 50000 Mtexels/sec 37200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20000 Mpixels/sec 24800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) (x2) 960
Texture Mapping Units 40 (x2) 48
Render Output Units 16 (x2) 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 956 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 (PCIe bridge) PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's 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 can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. 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 many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB

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Radeon HD 6850

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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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