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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 is set to run at a speed of 1502 MHz on this card. It features 2304 SPUs along with 192 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7950, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed 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)

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

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Geforce GTX 780 should be 20% quicker than the Radeon HD 7950 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 780 should be much (about 85%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7950. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 780 will be a lot (about 62%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7950, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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

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 780 Radeon HD 7950
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2013 January 2012
Code Name GK110 Tahiti Pro
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 3072 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 863 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 863 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 2304 1792
Texture Mapping Units 192 112
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 384-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 200 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 288384 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 165696 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 41424 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated 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 graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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