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Geforce GTX 760 vs Radeon HD 7950 3GB

Intro

The Geforce GTX 760 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1502 MHz on this particular model. It features 1152 SPUs along with 96 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7950 3GB, which has core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1792 SPUs along with 112 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 760 170 Watts
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 200 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (18%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7950 3GB should be 25% faster than the Geforce GTX 760 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 3GB 240000 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 760 192256 MB/sec
Difference: 47744 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 760 should be just a bit (approximately 5%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 7950 3GB. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 94080 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 89600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4480 (5%)

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 760 is a lot (about 23%) better at AA than the Radeon HD 7950 3GB, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 31360 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5760 (23%)

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 760

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Radeon HD 7950 3GB

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Specifications

Model Geforce GTX 760 Radeon HD 7950 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2013 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 3072 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 980 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1152 1792
Texture Mapping Units 96 112
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 4.3 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 200 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 192256 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 94080 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 31360 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR 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 amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

Comments

3 Responses to “Geforce GTX 760 vs Radeon HD 7950 3GB”
John Cock says:
amd PENETRATES everything
Jack Black says:
Jesus, look how behind the times compared with the 7950 the 760 is. The 7950 still beats it in IRL, even 18 months on...
Jack Black smells says:
The 760 is a newer card than the 7950. What are you talking about?

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