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Radeon HD 7870 vs Radeon HD 7950

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 speed of 1200 MHz on this specific model. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7950, which features a core clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also makes use of a 384-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 1792 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7950 should perform much faster than the Radeon HD 7870 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7950 is a bit (more or less 12%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7870. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 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 a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 32000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 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

Radeon HD 7870

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7950

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

Model Radeon HD 7870 Radeon HD 7950
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2012 January 2012
Code Name Pitcairn XT Tahiti Pro
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1200 MHz (4800 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1280 1792
Texture Mapping Units 80 112
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 175 watts 200 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 80000 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32000 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, 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 most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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andykush says:
how is the 7950 a better overall card but the 7870 is better at handling higher graphics? HW compare get your info correct cause this makes no sense
admin says:
"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."
ali says:
can anyone help for selecting a card that is compatible with my PC

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