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Radeon HD 6950 vs Radeon R9 380X

Intro

The Radeon HD 6950 comes with a GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1408 Stream Processors, 88 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 380X, which comes with a clock frequency of 970 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1425 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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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 R9 380X 9519 points
Radeon HD 6950 3240 points
Difference: 6279 (194%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 380X 190 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (5%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 380X should in theory perform a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 6950 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 380X 182400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6950 160000 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380X is quite a bit (more or less 76%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 6950. (explain)

Radeon R9 380X 124160 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 70400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 53760 (76%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 380X will be quite a bit (more or less 21%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6950, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon R9 380X 31040 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5440 (21%)

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 6950

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Radeon R9 380X

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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 R9 380X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year December 2010 November 2015
Code Name Cayman Pro Tonga XT
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 200 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 160000 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 70400 Mtexels/sec 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 25600 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1408 2048
Texture Mapping Units 88 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2640 million 5000 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 6950

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Radeon R9 380X

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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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