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Radeon HD 6970 vs Radeon R9 380 2G

Intro

The Radeon HD 6970 has a clock speed of 880 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1375 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1536 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 380 2G, which comes with a core clock speed of 970 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1425 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1792 SPUs, 112 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 R9 380 2G 8850 points
Radeon HD 6970 3470 points
Difference: 5380 (155%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 380 2G 190 Watts
Radeon HD 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (32%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R9 380 2G should in theory be a small bit better than the Radeon HD 6970 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 182400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (4%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380 2G should be much (more or less 29%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6970. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 108640 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24160 (29%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 380 2G is the winner, though only just barely. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 31040 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2880 (10%)

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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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 R9 380 2G
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 June 2015
Code Name Cayman XT Antigua PRO
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 880 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 5500 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 176000 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 84480 Mtexels/sec 108640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 28160 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 1792
Texture Mapping Units 96 112
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2640 million 5000 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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This 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 video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6970

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Radeon R9 380 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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