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Radeon HD 4870 512MB vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 512MB uses a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6970, which comes with GPU clock speed of 880 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1375 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 Stream Processors, 96 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4870 512MB 150 Watts
Radeon HD 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 100 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6970 should be 53% faster than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 115200 MB/sec
Difference: 60800 (53%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 will be quite a bit (more or less 182%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 54480 (182%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 should be a lot (approximately 135%) better at FSAA than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16160 (135%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 4870 512MB Radeon HD 6970
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 December 2010
Code Name RV770 XT Cayman XT
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 880 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30000 Mtexels/sec 84480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12000 Mpixels/sec 28160 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 1536
Texture Mapping Units 40 96
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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock 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 rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 4870 512MB

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Radeon HD 6970

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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

2 Responses to “Radeon HD 4870 512MB vs Radeon HD 6970”
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malik usama says:

4870 is best card

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