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Radeon HD 3850 256MB vs Radeon HD 4830 512MB

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The Radeon HD 3850 256MB has a core clock speed of 668 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 828 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It features 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 4830 512MB, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 575 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 640(128x5) SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 3850 256MB 75 Watts
Radeon HD 4830 512MB 95 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (27%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 4830 512MB will be 9% faster than the Radeon HD 3850 256MB overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 4830 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3850 256MB 52992 MB/sec
Difference: 4608 (9%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4830 512MB should be quite a bit (approximately 72%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3850 256MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4830 512MB 18400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 256MB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7712 (72%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 3850 256MB will be a little bit (about 16%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon HD 4830 512MB, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 256MB 10688 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4830 512MB 9200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1488 (16%)

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 3850 256MB Radeon HD 4830 512MB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 Oct 21, 2008
Code Name RV670 PRO RV770 LE
Memory 256 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 668 MHz 575 MHz
Memory Speed 1656 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 52992 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10688 Mtexels/sec 18400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10688 Mpixels/sec 9200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 55 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 956 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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