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Radeon HD 6870 vs Radeon HD 6950


The Radeon HD 6870 features a GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1120 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6950, which comes with GPU core speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1408 Stream Processors, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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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 in general, because of 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 much (more or less 40%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6870. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 6870 is a bit (more or less 13%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6950, and should be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (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.

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Radeon HD 6870

Radeon HD 6950

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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.


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