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Radeon HD 6990 vs Radeon HD 7970

Intro

The Radeon HD 6990 has core speeds of 830 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7970, which features a core clock speed of 925 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1375 MHz. It also makes use of a 384-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7970 250 Watts
Radeon HD 6990 375 Watts
Difference: 125 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6990, in theory, should perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 7970 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 320000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7970 264000 MB/sec
Difference: 56000 (21%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6990 should be a lot (more or less 35%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7970. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 159360 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7970 118400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 40960 (35%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6990 is a lot (about 79%) more effective at AA than the Radeon HD 7970, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 53120 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7970 29600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 23520 (79%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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Radeon HD 6990

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7970

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

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Model Radeon HD 6990 Radeon HD 7970
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2011 January 2012
Code Name Antilles Tahiti XT
Memory 2048 MB (x2) 3072 MB
Core Speed 830 MHz (x2) 925 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz (x2) 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 375 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 320000 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 159360 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 53120 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 (x2) 2048
Texture Mapping Units 96 (x2) 128
Render Output Units 32 (x2) 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 384-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2640 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

8 Responses to “Radeon HD 6990 vs Radeon HD 7970”
SuperKewldude says:

LOL and i was just about to buy a 7970! imma going for a 6990

dgbsf says:

Is Superkewldude retarded?

Lol says:

Dont just look at performance look at the power consumtion too :l

teehee says:

OMG how about 6990 in crossfire!

:P

chuck says:

if you look at the specs, really effective bandwidth would be better on the 7970 because of the PCIe 3.0 (providing you have a PCIe 3.0 compatible board) and it has better open GL 4.2 admittedly its only .1 better but thats the difference between playing BRINK and not playing BRINK.or any other game. and note too that the 6990 here has 2 cores where as the 7970 has one.

Consulta 6950+6970 says:

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gamers says:

i think, we should waiting for 7990 :D more fantastic than above.

cheapassgamers says:

I think, we should know that the 7990 :) will be expensive as FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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