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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific model. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6950, which has GPU core speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1408 SPUs, 88 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 63 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 137 Watts (217%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6950 should be 150% quicker than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 96000 (150%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 is quite a bit (more or less 267%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM). (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 19200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 51200 (267%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 is quite a bit (more or less 300%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 25600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 6400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 19200 (300%)

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

Radeon HD 6670 (OEM)

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Radeon HD 6950

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

Model Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) Radeon HD 6950
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 2011 December 2010
Code Name Turks Cayman Pro
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 480 1408
Texture Mapping Units 24 88
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 63 watts 200 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 19200 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6400 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, 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 card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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