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Radeon HD 6950 vs Radeon R7 370 2G

Intro

The Radeon HD 6950 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1250 MHz on this specific model. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 370 2G, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 975 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1400 MHz on this specific card. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 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 R7 370 2G 5582 points
Radeon HD 6950 3240 points
Difference: 2342 (72%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 370 2G 110 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 90 Watts (82%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R7 370 2G will be 12% faster than the Radeon HD 6950 overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 179200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (12%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6950 will be a small bit (about 13%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R7 370 2G. (explain)

Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 370 2G 62400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8000 (13%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 370 2G is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 31200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5600 (22%)

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 6950 Radeon R7 370 2G
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 June 2015
Code Name Cayman Pro Trinidad
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 975 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 200 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 160000 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 70400 Mtexels/sec 62400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 25600 Mpixels/sec 31200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1408 1024
Texture Mapping Units 88 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2640 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs 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 rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6950

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Radeon R7 370 2G

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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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