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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 set the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1050 MHz on this particular model. It features 1120 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6950, which comes with a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 1408 SPUs, 88 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Battlefield Bad Company 2

Settings: Highest Settings
AA: 4x
AF: 16x
Resolution: 1920x1200
Test Machine: Intel Core i7 920(ES) @ 4.0Ghz (Turbo Mode Enabled) (Source)
Radeon HD 6950 50 FPS
Radeon HD 6870 44 FPS
Difference: 6 FPS (14%)

DiRT 2

Settings: Highest Details
AA: 4x
AF: none
Resolution: 1920x1200
Test Machine: Intel Core i7 920(ES) @ 4.0Ghz (Turbo Mode Enabled) (Source)
Radeon HD 6950 71 FPS
Radeon HD 6870 65 FPS
Difference: 6 FPS (9%)

Just Cause 2

Settings: Highest Settings
AA: 4x
AF: 16x
Resolution: 1920x1200
Test Machine: Intel Core i7 920(ES) @ 4.0Ghz (Turbo Mode Enabled) (Source)
Radeon HD 6950 54 FPS
Radeon HD 6870 48 FPS
Difference: 6 FPS (13%)

Radeon HD 6950 wins

(Based entirely on the benchmarks listed above)

When combining all game benchmark scores on this page together, the Radeon HD 6950 wins overall, by 18 FPS. Please note that we do not have the results of every benchmark ever done for these cards, so the results may differ wildly in different games.

Radeon HD 6950 175 FPS
Radeon HD 6870 157 FPS
Difference: 18 FPS (11%)

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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 6950 should in theory be a small bit better than the Radeon HD 6870 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 will be a lot (approximately 40%) better 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

The Radeon HD 6870 will be just a bit (about 13%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon HD 6950, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (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

Radeon HD 6870

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6950

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model Radeon HD 6870 Radeon HD 6950
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2010 December 2010
Code Name Barts XT Cayman Pro
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 900 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1050 MHz (4200 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1120 1408
Texture Mapping Units 56 88
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 151 watts 200 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 134400 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 50400 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 28800 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant 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.

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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