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Radeon HD 4870 512MB vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The Radeon HD 4870 512MB has a clock frequency of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It is made up of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 560, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1175 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific model. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 150 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (88%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 4870 512MB should be a little bit faster than the Radeon RX 560 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 512MB 115200 MB/sec
Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 512 (0%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 is a lot (more or less 151%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 4870 512MB. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 30000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 45200 (151%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 560 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 12000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6800 (57%)

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 4870 512MB Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Jun 25, 2008 May 2017
Code Name RV770 XT Baffin
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 750 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 3600 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 115200 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30000 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12000 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 1024
Texture Mapping Units 40 64
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 14 nm
Transistors 956 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 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, 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 texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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