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Geforce GTX 780 vs Radeon HD 7950

Intro

The Geforce GTX 780 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 863 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this model. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 192 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7950, which comes with core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1792 SPUs as well as 112 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

Geforce GTX 780 10052 points
Radeon HD 7950 7762 points
Difference: 2290 (30%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7950 200 Watts
Geforce GTX 780 250 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Geforce GTX 780 should be 20% faster than the Radeon HD 7950 in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

Geforce GTX 780 288384 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7950 240000 MB/sec
Difference: 48384 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 780 is quite a bit (more or less 85%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7950. (explain)

Geforce GTX 780 165696 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 89600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 76096 (85%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 780 is the winner, by far. (explain)

Geforce GTX 780 41424 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15824 (62%)

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 780

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Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 780 Radeon HD 7950
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2013 January 2012
Code Name GK110 Tahiti Pro
Memory 3072 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 863 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 288384 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 165696 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 41424 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2304 1792
Texture Mapping Units 192 112
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 7080 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). 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 max fill rate.

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