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Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) features clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6950, which features a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 1408 SPUs, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation 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

The Radeon HD 6950, in theory, should be much faster than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 will be a lot (about 267%) more effective at texture 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

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6950 is superior to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM), and very much so. (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 maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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