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Radeon HD 6990 vs Radeon HD 7970

Intro

The Radeon HD 6990 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 830 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this specific model. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7970, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 925 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1375 MHz on this specific model. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 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 7970 250 Watts
Radeon HD 6990 375 Watts
Difference: 125 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6990 should theoretically be much faster than the Radeon HD 7970 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6990 will be a lot (more or less 35%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7970. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6990 is superior to the Radeon HD 7970, and very much so. (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

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

Model Radeon HD 6990 Radeon HD 7970
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2011 January 2012
Code Name Antilles Tahiti XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB (x2) 3072 MB
Core Speed 830 MHz (x2) 925 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (x2) (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective) (x2) 1375 MHz (5500 MHz effective)
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
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 375 watts 250 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 320000 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 159360 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 53120 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum 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.
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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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