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GeForce GTX 870M vs Radeon HD 4870 2GB

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The GeForce GTX 870M makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 941 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this specific model. It features 1344 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4870 2GB, which features a GPU core clock speed of 750 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 800(160x5) Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 870M 110 Watts
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 150 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (36%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 4870 2GB should theoretically be just a bit superior to the GeForce GTX 870M overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 2GB 115200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 870M 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (20%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 870M will be quite a bit (approximately 251%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 105392 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 75392 (251%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 870M should be a lot (about 88%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon HD 4870 2GB, and should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 22584 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 2GB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10584 (88%)

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 GeForce GTX 870M Radeon HD 4870 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 12 2014 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name GK104 RV770 XT
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 941 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 96000 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 105392 Mtexels/sec 30000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 22584 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1344 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 112 40
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 55 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 956 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied 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 video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of 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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