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Radeon HD 6950 vs Radeon HD 7950


Intro

The Radeon HD 6950 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 800 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1408 Stream Processors, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7950, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1250 MHz on this specific model. It features 1792 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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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 6950 3240 points
Difference: 4491 (139%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7950 should be 50% faster than the Radeon HD 6950 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 240000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
Difference: 80000 (50%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7950 is quite a bit (approximately 27%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6950. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 89600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19200 (27%)

Pixel Rate

Both cards have the exact same pixel fill rate, so in theory they should perform equally good at at anti-aliasing, and be capable of handling the same resolutions. (explain)

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 6950

Radeon HD 7950

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 6950 Radeon HD 7950
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 January 2012
Code Name Cayman Pro Tahiti Pro
Memory 1024 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 200 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 160000 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 70400 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 25600 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1408 1792
Texture Mapping Units 88 112
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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

Radeon HD 6950

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Comments

3 Responses to “Radeon HD 6950 vs Radeon HD 7950”
Anonymous says:

both are great cards with respect to their bandwith and raster operations

Considering an upgrade. - Hardware Canucks says:

[...] Radeon HD 6950 vs Radeon HD 7950 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare What applications are you using? Like others have said, if squeezing out out every last FPS you can and benchmarks are important to you, it'll be an improvement. Doubt you'll see much of a noticeable improvement outside of that in most real-world applications. But if you have money to burn, go for what makes you happy. [...]

MXM says:

yaa but who are the best ?!! Radeon HD 6950 vs Radeon HD 7950 ?!?!

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