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Radeon RX 5700 XT vs Radeon RX 6900 XT

Intro

The Radeon RX 5700 XT features a clock speed of 1605 MHz and a GDDR6 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 7 nm design. It is made up of 2560 SPUs, 160 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 6900 XT, which features core clock speeds of 1825 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 16384 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 5120 SPUs along with 320 TAUs and 128 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 5700 XT 225 Watts
Radeon RX 6900 XT 300 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (33%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 6900 XT is 14% quicker than the Radeon RX 5700 XT in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 6900 XT 524288 MB/sec
Radeon RX 5700 XT 458752 MB/sec
Difference: 65536 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6900 XT should be quite a bit (approximately 127%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon RX 5700 XT. (explain)

Radeon RX 6900 XT 584000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 5700 XT 256800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 327200 (127%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6900 XT is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 6900 XT 233600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 5700 XT 102720 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 130880 (127%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon RX 5700 XT Radeon RX 6900 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year July 2019 2020
Code Name Navi 10 Navi 21
Memory 8096 MB 16384 MB
Core Speed 1605 MHz 1825 MHz
Memory Speed 1750 GB/s 2000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 225 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 458752 MB/sec 524288 MB/sec
Texel Rate 256800 Mtexels/sec 584000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 102720 Mpixels/sec 233600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2560 5120
Texture Mapping Units 160 320
Render Output Units 64 128
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 7 nm 7 nm
Transistors 10300 million 26800 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 ×16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must 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 calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 also depends on many other factors, especially 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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