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Radeon HD 6950 2GB vs Radeon R7 370 2G

Intro

The Radeon HD 6950 2GB makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1250 MHz on this specific model. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R7 370 2G, which features GPU core speed of 975 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1400 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 370 2G 110 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 2GB 200 Watts
Difference: 90 Watts (82%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R7 370 2G should theoretically be a little bit better than the Radeon HD 6950 2GB in general. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 179200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6950 2GB 160000 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (12%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 2GB is a little bit (approximately 13%) better at AF than the Radeon R7 370 2G. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 2GB 70400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 370 2G 62400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8000 (13%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 370 2G should be much (approximately 22%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6950 2GB, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 31200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 2GB 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5600 (22%)

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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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 6950 2GB Radeon R7 370 2G
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 June 2015
Code Name Cayman Pro Trinidad
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 975 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 200 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 160000 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 70400 Mtexels/sec 62400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 25600 Mpixels/sec 31200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1408 1024
Texture Mapping Units 88 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can 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 Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6950 2GB

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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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