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Radeon HD 6950 vs Radeon HD 7750

Intro

The Radeon HD 6950 features a clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 1408 SPUs, 88 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7750, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this card. It features 512 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7750 55 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 145 Watts (264%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 6950 should in theory be quite a bit better than the Radeon HD 7750 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7750 72000 MB/sec
Difference: 88000 (122%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 should be much (about 175%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 7750. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7750 25600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 44800 (175%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 should be much (more or less 100%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 7750, and will be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 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 6950

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7750

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 6950 Radeon HD 7750
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 February 2012
Code Name Cayman Pro Cape Verde Pro
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1408 512
Texture Mapping Units 88 32
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 200 watts 55 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 160000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 70400 Mtexels/sec 25600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 25600 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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