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Radeon HD 4870 1GB vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 1GB features a GPU core clock speed of 750 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6950, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1250 MHz on this particular card. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4870 1GB 150 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (33%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6950 is 39% faster than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 44800 (39%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 should be much (approximately 135%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 40400 (135%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6950 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 25600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 1GB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13600 (113%)

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 4870 1GB Radeon HD 6950
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 December 2010
Code Name RV770 XT Cayman Pro
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30000 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12000 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 1408
Texture Mapping Units 40 88
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 956 million 2640 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 largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past 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 RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write 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 speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4870 1GB

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Radeon HD 6950

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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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