ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870: specs and benchmarks

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870

Summary

ATI started Mobility Radeon HD 4870 sales 9 January 2009. This is Terascale 1 architecture notebook card based on 55 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 1 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 888 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 56.83 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 6.77 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

Of Mobility Radeon HD 4870's architecture, market type and release date.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.85
 
Architecture
Terascale 1
 
GPU code name
M98-XT
 
Market segment
Laptop
 
Launch date
9 January 2009 (12 years ago)
 
Price now
$305
 
of 10830 (Quadro GV100)

Technical specs

Mobility Radeon HD 4870's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Mobility Radeon HD 4870's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
800
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
550 MHz
 
Number of transistors
956 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
55 nm
 
Texture fill rate
22.00
 
Floating-point performance
880.0 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Mobility Radeon HD 4870's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop size
large
 
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Mobility Radeon HD 4870: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
 
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
888 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
56.83 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Mobility Radeon HD 4870. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors
No outputs
 

API support

APIs supported by Mobility Radeon HD 4870, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX
10.1 (10_1)
 
Shader Model
4.1
 
OpenGL
3.3
 
OpenCL
1.1
 
Vulkan
N/A
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Mobility Radeon HD 4870. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

6.77

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

6631

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Mobility Radeon HD 4870 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

This video card matches 79% minimum and 66% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
79%
Recommended
66%
Minimum
79%
Recommended
66%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

1080p
 
28
 

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Mobility Radeon HD 4870 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 670M, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Mobility Radeon HD 4870:

Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

User rating

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