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Radeon HD 6950 vs Radeon HD 7750

Intro

The Radeon HD 6950 has a GPU core speed of 800 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1408 Stream Processors, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7750, which features a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also uses 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.

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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

The Radeon HD 6950 should theoretically be much faster than the Radeon HD 7750 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 should be a lot (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 is quite a bit (approximately 100%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7750, and also capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (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

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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

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Model Radeon HD 6950 Radeon HD 7750
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 February 2012
Code Name Cayman Pro Cape Verde Pro
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 200 watts 55 watts
Bandwidth 160000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 70400 Mtexels/sec 25600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 25600 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1408 512
Texture Mapping Units 88 32
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2640 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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