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Radeon HD 7870 vs Radeon HD 7950 3GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 7870 uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1200 MHz on this model. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7950 3GB, which makes use of a 28 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 1792 SPUs as well as 112 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7870 175 Watts
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 200 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (14%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7950 3GB will be 56% faster than the Radeon HD 7870 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 3GB 240000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7870 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 86400 (56%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7950 3GB is a small bit (more or less 12%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 7870. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 3GB 89600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 80000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9600 (12%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7870 is superior to the Radeon HD 7950 3GB, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 32000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6400 (25%)

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 7870

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7950 3GB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 7870 Radeon HD 7950 3GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2012 January 2012
Code Name Pitcairn XT Tahiti Pro
Memory 2048 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 4800 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 175 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 80000 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32000 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1792
Texture Mapping Units 80 112
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2800 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number 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 lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Peter says:

Alright, so I have a single 1080p display. I want the better video card to max out any games with. I'm not really that interested in AA but I'd sure like to max it out. I'm ready to pay up anything for any build/model of those 2 cards (DD, GHz etc).
Thanks a lot in advance!

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