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Radeon HD 6950 2GB vs Radeon R9 M290X

Intro

The Radeon HD 6950 2GB has a core clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 1408 SPUs, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M290X, which has a core clock frequency of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M290X 100 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 2GB 200 Watts
Difference: 100 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 6950 2GB should perform a little bit faster than the Radeon R9 M290X in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 2GB 160000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M290X 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (4%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 2GB should be a small bit (more or less 4%) better at AF than the Radeon R9 M290X. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 2GB 70400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M290X 68000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2400 (4%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M290X will be just a bit (approximately 6%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6950 2GB, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon R9 M290X 27200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 2GB 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1600 (6%)

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 6950 2GB

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Radeon R9 M290X

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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 R9 M290X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 May 1 2014
Code Name Cayman Pro Neptune XT
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 200 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 160000 MB/sec 153600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 70400 Mtexels/sec 68000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 25600 Mpixels/sec 27200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1408 1280
Texture Mapping Units 88 80
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2640 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6950 2GB

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M290X

Amazon.com

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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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