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Radeon HD 7950 3GB vs Radeon RX 6650 XT

Intro

The Radeon HD 7950 3GB makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1250 MHz on this specific model. It features 1792 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 6650 XT, which makes use of a 7 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 2055 MHz. The GDDR6 memory is set to run at a frequency of 2190 MHz on this card. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 6650 XT 176 Watts
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 200 Watts
Difference: 24 Watts (14%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 6650 XT should in theory perform a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 7950 3GB in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 6650 XT 287072 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 240000 MB/sec
Difference: 47072 (20%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6650 XT should be much (approximately 194%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 7950 3GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 6650 XT 263040 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 89600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 173440 (194%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6650 XT is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 6650 XT 131520 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 105920 (414%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 7950 3GB Radeon RX 6650 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year January 2012 May 2022
Code Name Tahiti Pro Navi 23
Memory 3072 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 800 MHz 2055 MHz
Memory Speed 5000 MHz 4380 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 200 watts 176 watts
Bandwidth 240000 MB/sec 287072 MB/sec
Texel Rate 89600 Mtexels/sec 263040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 25600 Mpixels/sec 131520 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1792 2048
Texture Mapping Units 112 128
Render Output Units 32 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 384-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 7 nm
Transistors 4313 million 11060 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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