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Radeon HD 7870 vs Radeon HD 7950 3GB

Intro

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

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7950 3GB, which features core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1792 SPUs along with 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% quicker than the Radeon HD 7870 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7950 3GB should be a little bit (more or less 12%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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

The Radeon HD 7870 is much (more or less 25%) better at AA than the Radeon HD 7950 3GB, and will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

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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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