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Geforce GTX 680 vs Radeon HD 7950

Intro

The Geforce GTX 680 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1006 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1502 MHz on this particular model. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7950, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this specific card. It features 1792 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
Radeon HD 7950 200 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7950 should perform much faster than the Geforce GTX 680 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 240000 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
Difference: 47744 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 will be much (more or less 44%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 7950. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 89600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 39168 (44%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 680 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6592 (26%)

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

Geforce GTX 680

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 Geforce GTX 680 Radeon HD 7950
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2012 January 2012
Code Name GK104 Tahiti Pro
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 2048 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 1006 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 1006 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1536 1792
Texture Mapping Units 128 112
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 195 watts 200 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 192256 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 128768 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32192 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs 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 fill 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.

Comments

2 Responses to “Geforce GTX 680 vs Radeon HD 7950”
[...] ist es an sich mit der Grafikkarte. Hier mal ein kleiner Benchmark Vergleich der beiden Karten: GTX 680 vs. HD 7950 Bis auf das wirklich schon l├Ącherliche Netzteil (das 400W) ist der Rest an sich reine [...]
daddy'sbackyoubeaches says:
AMD cards are only great at general computation. Nvidia always wins in raster performance.

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