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Radeon HD 6950 vs Radeon R9 M390X

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M390X, which comes with GPU core speed of 723 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2048 Stream Processors, 128 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M390X 125 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (60%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so in theory they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M390X should be a lot (about 31%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6950. (explain)

Radeon R9 M390X 92544 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22144 (31%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 should be a little bit (more or less 11%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 M390X, and able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 25600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M390X 23136 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2464 (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 6950

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Radeon R9 M390X

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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 Radeon R9 M390X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 2015
Code Name Cayman Pro Tonga
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 723 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 200 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 160000 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 70400 Mtexels/sec 92544 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 25600 Mpixels/sec 23136 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1408 2048
Texture Mapping Units 88 128
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 12
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 transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must 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, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6950

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Radeon R9 M390X

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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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