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Radeon HD 4890 2GB vs Radeon RX 6500 XT

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The Radeon HD 4890 2GB uses a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 975 MHz on this specific model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 6500 XT, which makes use of a 6 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 2200 MHz. The GDDR6 memory works at a speed of 2250 MHz on this specific model. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 107 Watts
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 190 Watts
Difference: 83 Watts (78%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 6500 XT should theoretically be a small bit superior to the Radeon HD 4890 2GB overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 147456 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 124800 MB/sec
Difference: 22656 (18%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6500 XT is quite a bit (approximately 252%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4890 2GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 140800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 100800 (252%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6500 XT is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 70400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4890 2GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 54400 (340%)

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 4890 2GB Radeon RX 6500 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Apr 2, 2009 January 2022
Code Name RV790 XT Navi 24 XT
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 2200 MHz
Memory Speed 3900 MHz 4500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 190 watts 107 watts
Bandwidth 124800 MB/sec 147456 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40000 Mtexels/sec 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16000 Mpixels/sec 70400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800(160x5) 1024
Texture Mapping Units 40 64
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 6 nm
Transistors 959 million 5400 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 processed per second. This number 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 video 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 maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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