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Radeon HD 6950 vs Radeon HD 7750

Intro

The Radeon HD 6950 comes with a clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 1408 SPUs, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7750, which comes with GPU core speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 512 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(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

In theory, the Radeon HD 6950 should be a lot faster 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 will be much (about 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 running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6950 is superior to the Radeon HD 7750, by far. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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