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Radeon HD 7950 3GB vs Radeon RX 480 4GB

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The Radeon HD 7950 3GB has core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1792 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1120 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 Texture Address Units 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.

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 480 4GB 267 Sol/s
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 229 Sol/s
Difference: 38 (17%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 150 Watts
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 200 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (33%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7950 3GB should perform a bit faster than the Radeon RX 480 4GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 3GB 240000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 480 4GB 229376 MB/sec
Difference: 10624 (5%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 4GB should be quite a bit (about 80%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 7950 3GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 161280 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 89600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 71680 (80%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 4GB should be a lot (approximately 40%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7950 3GB, and should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 35840 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10240 (40%)

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 7950 3GB Radeon RX 480 4GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year January 2012 June 2016
Code Name Tahiti Pro Polaris 10
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 1120 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 200 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 240000 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 89600 Mtexels/sec 161280 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 25600 Mpixels/sec 35840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1792 2304
Texture Mapping Units 112 144
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 4313 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to 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 reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 7950 3GB

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Radeon RX 480 4GB

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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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