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Radeon HD 6870 vs Radeon HD 6950

Intro

The Radeon HD 6870 comes with a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1050 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 1120 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6950, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1250 MHz on this particular model. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon HD 6950 3240 points
Radeon HD 6870 2870 points
Difference: 370 (13%)

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

The Radeon HD 6950, in theory, should perform a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 6870 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 is a lot (about 40%) better at AF 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 a bit (approximately 13%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6950, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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

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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 maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out 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 handling 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 the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. 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 ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Comments

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Koala says:

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