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Radeon HD 7750 vs Radeon HD 7950

Intro

The Radeon HD 7750 comes with core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1125 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 512 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7950, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1250 MHz on this particular model. It features 1792 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator 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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7950 is 233% quicker than the Radeon HD 7750 in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (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%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7750. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7950 should be quite a bit (approximately 100%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7750, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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

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

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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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