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Radeon HD 7750 vs Radeon HD 7950

Intro

The Radeon HD 7750 makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1125 MHz on this model. It features 512 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7950, which has GPU core speed of 800 MHz, and 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1250 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also features 1792 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7750 55 Watts
Radeon HD 7950 200 Watts
Difference: 145 Watts (264%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 7950 should in theory perform much faster than the Radeon HD 7750 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 240000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7750 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 168000 (233%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7950 will be a lot (about 250%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7750. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 89600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7750 25600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 64000 (250%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing 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 7750 12800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12800 (100%)

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 7750

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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

Model Radeon HD 7750 Radeon HD 7950
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 2012 January 2012
Code Name Cape Verde Pro Tahiti Pro
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 512 1792
Texture Mapping Units 32 112
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 384-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 55 watts 200 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 72000 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25600 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12800 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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