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Radeon HD 6990 vs Radeon HD 7970

Intro

The Radeon HD 6990 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 830 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this model. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7970, which comes with GPU clock speed of 925 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1375 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also features 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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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

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6990 should in theory be much better 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 is much (about 35%) better at AF 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 (approximately 79%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7970, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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

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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
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 5000 MHz (x2) 5500 MHz
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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to 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.

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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