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Radeon HD 4890 2GB vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The Radeon HD 4890 2GB has clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 975 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6870, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1050 MHz on this specific model. It features 1120 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 190 Watts
Difference: 39 Watts (26%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6870 is 8% quicker than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 124800 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 is much (approximately 26%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10400 (26%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12800 (80%)

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.

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 4890 2GB Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Apr 2, 2009 October 2010
Code Name RV790 XT Barts XT
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 3900 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 190 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 124800 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40000 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16000 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 1120
Texture Mapping Units 40 56
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 959 million 1700 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). 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 reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4890 2GB

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Radeon HD 6870

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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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