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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) features a GPU core clock speed of 800 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6950, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this specific card. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

(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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6950 is 150% quicker than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 should be a lot (approximately 267%) better 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 (approximately 300%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), and also should be able to handle 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)

Amazon.com

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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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