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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 8470

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 8470

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Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 3,200 MHz vs 1,334 MHz Around 2.5x higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 775 MHz vs 600 MHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 800 MHz vs 667 MHz Around 20% higher memory clock speed
Slightly lower TDP 35W vs 55W More than 35% lower TDP
Front view of Radeon HD 4720

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ATi Radeon HD 4720

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More texture mapping units 32 vs 8 24 more texture mapping units
Wider memory bus 128 bit vs 64 bit 2x wider memory bus

Features Key features of the Radeon HD 8470  vs 4720 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

Radeon HD 8470
25.6 GB/s
Radeon HD 4720
21.34 GB/s

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

Radeon HD 8470
3.1 GPixel/s
Radeon HD 4720
4.8 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

Radeon HD 8470
6.2 GTexel/s
Radeon HD 4720
19.2 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon HD 8470
248 GFLOPS
Radeon HD 4720
384 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

Radeon HD 8470  vs
4720 
GPU brand AMD ATI
GPU name Caicos XT RV730
Market Desktop Desktop
Clock speed 775 MHz 600 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None None

raw performance

Shading units 160 320
Texture mapping units 8 32
Render output processors 4 8
Compute units 2 4
Pixel rate 3.1 GPixel/s 4.8 GPixel/s
Texture rate 6.2 GTexel/s 19.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 248 GFLOPS 384 GFLOPS

memory

Radeon HD 8470  vs
4720 
Memory clock speed 800 MHz 667 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 3,200 MHz 1,334 MHz
Memory bus 64 bit 128 bit
Memory 1,024 MB 1,024 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR3
Memory bandwidth 25.6 GB/s 21.34 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 35W 55W

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