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Radeon HD 4850 1GB vs Radeon R7 250X 2GB

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The Radeon HD 4850 1GB features a core clock frequency of 625 MHz and a GDDR4 memory frequency of 993 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 250X 2GB, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1125 MHz on this model. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 250X 2GB 95 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 110 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (16%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R7 250X 2GB will be 13% quicker than the Radeon HD 4850 1GB overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 2GB 72000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 63552 MB/sec
Difference: 8448 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 250X 2GB will be a lot (more or less 60%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4850 1GB. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 2GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15000 (60%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 250X 2GB should be much (more or less 60%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon HD 4850 1GB, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 2GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6000 (60%)

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 4850 1GB Radeon R7 250X 2GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 February 2014
Code Name RV770 PRO Cape Verde XT
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1986 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 63552 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25000 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10000 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 640
Texture Mapping Units 40 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR4 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 956 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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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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