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Geforce GTX 780 vs Radeon HD 7950

Intro

The Geforce GTX 780 has a GPU clock speed of 863 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1502 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is made up of 2304 SPUs, 192 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7950, which has core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1792 SPUs along with 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

Performance-wise, the Geforce GTX 780 should in theory be a bit superior to the Radeon HD 7950 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 780 will be a lot (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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 780 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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

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Geforce GTX 780

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

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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 max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range 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 calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour 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 fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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