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Radeon HD 6870 vs Radeon R9 M395X

Intro

The Radeon HD 6870 features clock speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1050 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1120 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M395X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 723 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1250 MHz on this specific card. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M395X 125 Watts
Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Difference: 26 Watts (21%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R9 M395X should perform a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6870 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M395X 160000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Difference: 25600 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M395X is a lot (about 84%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 6870. (explain)

Radeon R9 M395X 92544 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 42144 (84%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is superior to the Radeon R9 M395X, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M395X 23136 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5664 (24%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 6870 Radeon R9 M395X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2010 2015
Code Name Barts XT Tonga
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 723 MHz
Memory Speed 4200 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 151 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 50400 Mtexels/sec 92544 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 28800 Mpixels/sec 23136 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1120 2048
Texture Mapping Units 56 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1700 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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 ability to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6870

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Radeon R9 M395X

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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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