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Radeon HD 6950 vs Radeon HD 7750

Intro

The Radeon HD 6950 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1250 MHz on this model. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs 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 memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 512 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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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

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 6950 should perform quite a bit 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 will be quite a bit (approximately 175%) more effective 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

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6950 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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 max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number 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 graphics 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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