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Radeon HD 6790 vs Radeon HD 7950

Intro

The Radeon HD 6790 has a 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 comprised of 800 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7950, which comes with a clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also features a 384-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1792 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7950 will be 79% quicker than the Radeon HD 6790 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7950 is much (about 167%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6790. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7950 will be a lot (approximately 90%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6790, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (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

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7950

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model Radeon HD 6790 Radeon HD 7950
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year April 2011 January 2012
Code Name Barts LE Tahiti Pro
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 840 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 800 1792
Texture Mapping Units 40 112
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 200 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13440 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. 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 also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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