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Radeon HD 6970 vs Radeon R9 380X

Intro

The Radeon HD 6970 comes with a GPU clock speed of 880 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1375 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 380X, which features a GPU core clock speed of 970 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1425 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2048 Stream Processors, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation 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 R9 380X 9519 points
Radeon HD 6970 3470 points
Difference: 6049 (174%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 380X is 4% faster than the Radeon HD 6970 overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380X will be much (more or less 47%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6970. (explain)

Radeon R9 380X 124160 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 39680 (47%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 380X should be a small bit (approximately 10%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6970, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon R9 380X 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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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 380X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 November 2015
Code Name Cayman XT Tonga XT
Memory 2048 MB 4096 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 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 28160 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 2048
Texture Mapping Units 96 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2640 million 5000 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6970

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Radeon R9 380X

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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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