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Radeon HD 6790 vs Radeon HD 7950

Intro

The Radeon HD 6790 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 840 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1050 MHz on this specific card. It features 800 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7950, which comes with core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1792 SPUs as well as 112 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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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 is 79% faster than the Radeon HD 6790 in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7950 will be a lot (more or less 167%) more effective at 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 using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7950 is a better choice, and very much so. (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

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Radeon HD 6790

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7950

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 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core 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 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. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core 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 output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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