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Geforce GTX 680 vs Radeon HD 7950

Intro

The Geforce GTX 680 has a GPU core speed of 1006 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1502 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7950, which has a clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also uses a 384-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 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)

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

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 7950 should theoretically be much superior to the Geforce GTX 680 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 should be quite a bit (about 44%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7950. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 680 is the winner, 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max 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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