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Radeon HD 7950 vs Radeon HD 7970

Intro

The Radeon HD 7950 features a GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1250 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1792 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7970, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 925 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1375 MHz on this particular card. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike

Radeon HD 7970 8207 points
Radeon HD 7950 7762 points
Difference: 445 (6%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7950 200 Watts
Radeon HD 7970 250 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 7970 should perform a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 7950 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 264000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7950 240000 MB/sec
Difference: 24000 (10%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7970 is a lot (about 32%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7950. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 118400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 89600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 28800 (32%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7970 is superior to the Radeon HD 7950, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 29600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4000 (16%)

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 7950

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 7950 Radeon HD 7970
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year January 2012 January 2012
Code Name Tahiti Pro Tahiti XT
Memory 1536 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 925 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 200 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 240000 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 89600 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 25600 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1792 2048
Texture Mapping Units 112 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4313 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number 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 processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill 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

6 Responses to “Radeon HD 7950 vs Radeon HD 7970”
Xnerdz says:

I thought that the HD 7950 had 3GB of memory...

exodus says:

it does..... silllyyyyy

Anon says:

There is a 3GB version of the 7950. It's a separate item on the lists displayed on this site.

Go to the top of the page, click the dropdown lists, select the 3GB version. Now that wasn't hard, was it?

Xnerdz says:

Yeah, I didn't saw it the first time... sorry, my bad.

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