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Radeon HD 6970 vs Radeon R7 370 2G

Intro

The Radeon HD 6970 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 880 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1375 MHz on this particular card. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 370 2G, which features a clock speed of 975 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1400 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 1024 SPUs, 64 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

Radeon R7 370 2G 5582 points
Radeon HD 6970 3470 points
Difference: 2112 (61%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 370 2G 110 Watts
Radeon HD 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 140 Watts (127%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R7 370 2G should perform a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6970 overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 179200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 should be much (more or less 35%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R7 370 2G. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 370 2G 62400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22080 (35%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R7 370 2G is superior to the Radeon HD 6970, but not by far. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 31200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3040 (11%)

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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Radeon HD 6970

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Radeon R7 370 2G

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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.

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 6970 Radeon R7 370 2G
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 June 2015
Code Name Cayman XT Trinidad
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 880 MHz 975 MHz
Memory Speed 5500 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 176000 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 84480 Mtexels/sec 62400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 28160 Mpixels/sec 31200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 1024
Texture Mapping Units 96 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2640 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one 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 - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6970

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Radeon R7 370 2G

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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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