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Geforce GTX 760 vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The Geforce GTX 760 has a GPU core 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 is made up of 1152 Stream Processors, 96 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6950, which has core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 TAUs 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 Graphics Score

Geforce GTX 760 5923 points
Radeon HD 6950 3240 points
Difference: 2683 (83%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 760 170 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (18%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Geforce GTX 760 should theoretically be a little bit better than the Radeon HD 6950 overall. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 192256 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
Difference: 32256 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 760 will be much (about 34%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 6950. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 94080 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23680 (34%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 760 is superior to the Radeon HD 6950, by a large margin. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 31360 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 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

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Radeon HD 6950

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Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 760 Radeon HD 6950
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2013 December 2010
Code Name GK104 Cayman Pro
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 980 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 192256 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 94080 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 31360 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1408
Texture Mapping Units 96 88
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3540 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 worked out 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 video 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 number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of 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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Geforce GTX 760

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Radeon HD 6950

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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.

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