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Geforce GTX 680 vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The Geforce GTX 680 features 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 made up of 1536 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6950, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1250 MHz on this specific card. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Geforce GTX 680 7650 points
Radeon HD 6950 3240 points
Difference: 4410 (136%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Geforce GTX 680 will be 20% quicker than the Radeon HD 6950 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
Difference: 32256 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 should be much (approximately 83%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6950. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 58368 (83%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen 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 6950 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

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Geforce GTX 680

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Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 680 Radeon HD 6950
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2012 December 2010
Code Name GK104 Cayman Pro
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1006 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 195 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 192256 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 128768 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32192 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 1408
Texture Mapping Units 128 88
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3540 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Geforce GTX 680

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Radeon HD 6950

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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.

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