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Radeon HD 6970 vs Radeon HD 7970

Intro

The Radeon HD 6970 comes with a GPU core speed of 880 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1375 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 Stream Processors, 96 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7970, which has core speeds of 925 MHz on the GPU, and 1375 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7970 should perform much faster than the Radeon HD 6970 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 264000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
Difference: 88000 (50%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7970 will be much (about 40%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6970. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 118400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 33920 (40%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7970 should be just a bit (more or less 5%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6970, and also capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 29600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1440 (5%)

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

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Radeon HD 6970

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 6970 Radeon HD 7970
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 January 2012
Code Name Cayman XT Tahiti XT
Memory 2048 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 880 MHz 925 MHz
Memory Speed 5500 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 176000 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 84480 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 28160 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 2048
Texture Mapping Units 96 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2640 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 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 (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 processed in a 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. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

4 Responses to “Radeon HD 6970 vs Radeon HD 7970”
timmeh says:

lol guys, get a 6970, its a lot cheaper

Some Dude says:

Do want! But still, then I have to invest in a new Mobo, and then it would be about double the price of a 6990

6990 > 7970

vlcrpt[0]r says:

2x 6970 > 6990 > 7970

But they are so loud :S

LunaticGTX says:

get 7970 and replace the cooler with arctic cooler 7970
cheaper than plus 2 or extreme

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