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Radeon HD 6950 2GB vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The Radeon HD 6950 2GB has core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7850, which has GPU core speed of 860 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1024 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7850 130 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 2GB 200 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (54%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6950 2GB should theoretically be just a bit better than the Radeon HD 7850 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 2GB 160000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7850 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (4%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 2GB will be a lot (more or less 28%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 2GB 70400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7850 55040 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15360 (28%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7850 is the winner, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 2GB 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1920 (8%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 6950 2GB Radeon HD 7850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 March 2012
Code Name Cayman Pro Pitcairn Pro
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 860 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 200 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 160000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 70400 Mtexels/sec 55040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 25600 Mpixels/sec 27520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1408 1024
Texture Mapping Units 88 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2640 million 2800 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6950 2GB

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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.

Comments

One Response to “Radeon HD 6950 2GB vs Radeon HD 7850”
Problema AMD 6950 (Glitch mai in orice joc) says:

[...] modelGigabyte Radeon HD 7850 OC WindForce 2GB DDR5 256-bi (GV-R785OC-2GD)Eu din cate am observat de aici ca este mai slab 7850 fata de 6950 2gb, ce pot face sa-mi dea banii inapoi daca nu poate sa imi dea [...]

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