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Radeon HD 6790 vs Radeon HD 7950

Intro

The Radeon HD 6790 features a core clock frequency of 840 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1050 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 800 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7950, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 800 MHz, and 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1250 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1792 Stream Processors, 112 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation 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 Graphics Score

Radeon HD 7950 7731 points
Radeon HD 6790 2150 points
Difference: 5581 (260%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6790 150 Watts
Radeon HD 7950 200 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (33%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7950 will be 79% quicker than the Radeon HD 6790 in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 240000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6790 134400 MB/sec
Difference: 105600 (79%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7950 should be quite a bit (more or less 167%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 6790. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 89600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 56000 (167%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7950 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 25600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6790 13440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12160 (90%)

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

Radeon HD 6790

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 6790 Radeon HD 7950
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year April 2011 January 2012
Code Name Barts LE Tahiti Pro
Memory 1024 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 840 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 4200 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13440 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 800 1792
Texture Mapping Units 40 112
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 1700 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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