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GeForce GTX 950M vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 950M features core speeds of 914 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6970, which comes with clock speeds of 880 MHz on the GPU, and 1375 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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 HD 6970 3470 points
GeForce GTX 950M 3330 points
Difference: 140 (4%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 950M 55 Watts
Radeon HD 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 195 Watts (355%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 6970 should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 950M in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 950M 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 144000 (450%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 is a lot (approximately 131%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 950M. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 950M 36560 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 47920 (131%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6970 is superior to the GeForce GTX 950M, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 950M 14624 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13536 (93%)

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 950M

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Radeon HD 6970

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 950M Radeon HD 6970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 12 2015 December 2010
Code Name GM107 Cayman XT
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 914 MHz 880 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 55 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 32000 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36560 Mtexels/sec 84480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14624 Mpixels/sec 28160 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 1536
Texture Mapping Units 40 96
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 2640 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster 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 can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 950M

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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.

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