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Radeon HD 4870 1GB vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB comes with clock speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 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 features clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1050 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1120 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 150 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 1 Watts (1%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6870 should in theory be just a bit superior to the Radeon HD 4870 1GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 is much (more or less 68%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20400 (68%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is superior to the Radeon HD 4870 1GB, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16800 (140%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 4870 1GB Radeon HD 6870
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 October 2010
Code Name RV770 XT Barts XT
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 151 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30000 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12000 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 956 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4870 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.

Comments

One Response to “Radeon HD 4870 1GB vs Radeon HD 6870”
Verkaufe Einiges an Hardware... - TweakPC Hardware Forum says:

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