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Radeon HD 6950 vs Radeon HD 7850

Intro

The Radeon HD 6950 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1250 MHz on this particular card. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7850, which has GPU core speed of 860 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1024 SPUs, 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 200 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (54%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 6950, in theory, should be a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 7850 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 is quite a bit (approximately 28%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7850 is superior to the Radeon HD 6950, but only just. (explain)

Radeon HD 7850 27520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 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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Radeon HD 6950

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7850

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 7850
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 March 2012
Code Name Cayman Pro Pitcairn Pro
Memory 1024 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 largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

3 Responses to “Radeon HD 6950 vs Radeon HD 7850”
HD6950 - www.hardwarezone.com.sg says:

[...] im not gg to OC, so i will get the cheapest i found the comparison between HD6950 vs HD7850 here Radeon HD 6950 vs Radeon HD 7850 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare seems like there are some pros and cons for each model, but the power consumption is kinda draw [...]

saad says:

nice graphics card amd hd 6950

alan verne says:

hd 6950 is better than 7850

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