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Radeon HD 4890 2GB vs Radeon RX 460 2GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 4890 2GB comes with core clock speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 975 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 460 2GB, which comes with clock speeds of 1090 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 75 Watts
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 190 Watts
Difference: 115 Watts (153%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 4890 2GB should perform just a bit faster than the Radeon RX 460 2GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 4890 2GB 124800 MB/sec
Radeon RX 460 2GB 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 2GB will be a lot (about 53%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 61040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21040 (53%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 460 2GB is a better choice, but only just. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 17440 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1440 (9%)

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 4890 2GB Radeon RX 460 2GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Apr 2, 2009 August 2016
Code Name RV790 XT Polaris 11
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 3900 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 190 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 124800 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40000 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16000 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 896
Texture Mapping Units 40 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 14 nm
Transistors 959 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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