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Radeon HD 7950 vs Radeon RX 480 4GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 7950 features a GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1250 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1792 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which has GPU clock speed of 1120 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2304 SPUs, 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 235 Sol/s
Difference: 32 (14%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 480 4GB 25 Mh/s
Radeon HD 7950 21 Mh/s
Difference: 4 (19%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7950 should be 5% faster than the Radeon RX 480 4GB in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 4GB is a lot (more or less 80%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7950. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 4GB should be quite a bit (about 40%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7950, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 35840 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 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 Radeon RX 480 4GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year January 2012 June 2016
Code Name Tahiti Pro Polaris 10
Memory 1536 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 7950

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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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