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GeForce RTX 3070 Ti vs Radeon RX 6950 XT

Intro

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti has clock speeds of 1575 MHz on the GPU, and 1188 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6X RAM. It features 6144 SPUs along with 192 TAUs and 96 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 6950 XT, which uses a 7 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1925 MHz. The GDDR6 memory runs at a speed of 2250 MHz on this particular model. It features 5120 SPUs along with 320 Texture Address Units and 128 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 290 Watts
Radeon RX 6950 XT 335 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (16%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is 6% faster than the Radeon RX 6950 XT overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 622899 MB/sec
Radeon RX 6950 XT 589824 MB/sec
Difference: 33075 (6%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6950 XT should be much (approximately 104%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. (explain)

Radeon RX 6950 XT 616000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 302400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 313600 (104%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 6950 XT should be much (approximately 63%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, and able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon RX 6950 XT 246400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 151200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 95200 (63%)

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 GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Radeon RX 6950 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2021 May 2022
Code Name Ampere GA104-400-A1 Navi 21
Memory 8192 MB 16384 MB
Core Speed 1575 MHz 1925 MHz
Memory Speed 1188 GB/s 2250 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 290 watts 335 watts
Bandwidth 622899 MB/sec 589824 MB/sec
Texel Rate 302400 Mtexels/sec 616000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 151200 Mpixels/sec 246400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 6144 5120
Texture Mapping Units 192 320
Render Output Units 96 128
Bus Type GDDR6X GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 8 nm 7 nm
Transistors 17400 million 26800 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 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 (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called 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, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 3070 Ti

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Radeon RX 6950 XT

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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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