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Geforce GTX 760 vs Radeon HD 7950 3GB

Intro

The Geforce GTX 760 features a GPU core clock speed of 980 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1502 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1152 Stream Processors, 96 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7950 3GB, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1250 MHz on this specific card. It features 1792 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7950 3GB should perform quite a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 760 overall. (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 a little bit (about 5%) more effective at 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 (more or less 23%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7950 3GB, and able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (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 largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum 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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