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Radeon HD 7750 vs Radeon HD 7950

Intro

The Radeon HD 7750 has a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 512 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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

(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

In theory, the Radeon HD 7950 should perform much faster than the Radeon HD 7750 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7950 is quite a bit (approximately 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

The Radeon HD 7950 is much (approximately 100%) better at FSAA than the Radeon HD 7750, and will be capable of handling higher 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 maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number 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 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 number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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