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Radeon HD 6870 vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The Radeon HD 6870 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1050 MHz on this specific model. It features 1120 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6950, which comes with core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 49 Watts (32%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6950 will be 19% quicker than the Radeon HD 6870 overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Difference: 25600 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 should be a lot (more or less 40%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6870. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20000 (40%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3200 (13%)

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 6870

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6950

Amazon.com

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 6870 Radeon HD 6950
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2010 December 2010
Code Name Barts XT Cayman Pro
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 4200 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 151 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 50400 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 28800 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1120 1408
Texture Mapping Units 56 88
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 1700 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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 ability to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

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pp965 says:

I have HIS HD 6950.
I really like it.

Koala says:

i have the Powercolor HD6950 fucking love the card

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