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Radeon HD 7870 vs Radeon HD 7950 3GB


The Radeon HD 7870 has a GPU core speed of 1000 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7950 3GB, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this particular model. It features 1792 SPUs as well as 112 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 7950 3GB should perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 7870 overall. (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 (approximately 12%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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 running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7870 is the winner, by a large margin. (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.

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Radeon HD 7870

Radeon HD 7950 3GB

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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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. 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 output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max 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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