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Geforce GTX 760 vs Radeon HD 7950 3GB

Intro

The Geforce GTX 760 comes with core speeds of 980 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1152 SPUs along with 96 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7950 3GB, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1250 MHz on this card. It features 1792 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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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

The Radeon HD 7950 3GB, in theory, should be quite a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 760 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 760 will be a bit (about 5%) better at texture filtering 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

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 760 is the winner, by far. (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

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Geforce GTX 760

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7950 3GB

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 760 Radeon HD 7950 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2013 January 2012
Code Name GK104 Tahiti Pro
Memory 2048 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 192256 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 94080 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 31360 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1792
Texture Mapping Units 96 112
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3540 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 information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher 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 maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. 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 fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

4 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?

james adkins says:

actually... in real world tests, the 760 would outperform a 7950 by a few fps just because of the nvidia drivers... if mantle was included in every game however, then the amd card would win..... i own an xfx radeon hd 7950, and i can say, it is a good card, but nothing compared to nvidia cards

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