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Radeon HD 5870 vs Radeon HD 7950

Intro

The Radeon HD 5870 comes with a clock frequency of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1200 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1600(320x5) SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7950, which features a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also uses a 384-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1792 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5870 188 Watts
Radeon HD 7950 200 Watts
Difference: 12 Watts (6%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7950 should be much faster than the Radeon HD 5870 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 240000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5870 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 86400 (56%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7950 should be much (approximately 32%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5870. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 89600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5870 68000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21600 (32%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5870 is a small bit (more or less 6%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7950, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 27200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1600 (6%)

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 5870

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7950

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model Radeon HD 5870 Radeon HD 7950
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year September 23, 2009 January 2012
Code Name Cypress XT Tahiti Pro
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 850 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1600(320x5) 1792
Texture Mapping Units 80 112
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 188 watts 200 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 68000 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 27200 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling 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 the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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