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Radeon HD 6970 vs Radeon R9 380X

Intro

The Radeon HD 6970 has core clock speeds of 880 MHz on the GPU, and 1375 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 380X, which comes with GPU core speed of 970 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1425 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2048 Stream Processors, 128 Texture Address Units, 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 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

Performance-wise, the Radeon R9 380X should in theory be just a bit superior to the Radeon HD 6970 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380X will be quite a bit (more or less 47%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 6970. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 380X is a better choice, but only just. (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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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 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 max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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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