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Radeon HD 7950 3GB vs Radeon RX 480 4GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 7950 3GB features a GPU core speed of 800 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1250 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1792 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which has GPU core speed of 1120 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2304 Stream Processors, 144 TAUs, 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.

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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 7950 3GB should in theory be a bit better than the Radeon RX 480 4GB overall. (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 texture filtering 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

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 480 4GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (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 maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum 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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