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Radeon RX 6950 XT vs Radeon RX Vega 64

Intro

The Radeon RX 6950 XT uses a 7 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1925 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM is set to run at a speed of 2250 MHz on this model. It features 5120 SPUs along with 320 Texture Address Units and 128 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX Vega 64, which features core speeds of 1247 MHz on the GPU, and 1890 MHz on the 8192 MB of HBM2 RAM. It features 4096 SPUs along with 256 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX Vega 64 295 Watts
Radeon RX 6950 XT 335 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (14%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 6950 XT should theoretically be a little bit superior to the Radeon RX Vega 64 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 6950 XT 589824 MB/sec
Radeon RX Vega 64 495411 MB/sec
Difference: 94413 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6950 XT should be quite a bit (approximately 93%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon RX Vega 64. (explain)

Radeon RX 6950 XT 616000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX Vega 64 319232 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 296768 (93%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6950 XT is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 6950 XT 246400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX Vega 64 79808 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 166592 (209%)

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 RX 6950 XT Radeon RX Vega 64
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year May 2022 August 2017
Code Name Navi 21 Vega 10 XT
Memory 16384 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1925 MHz 1247 MHz
Memory Speed 2250 GB/s 1890 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 335 watts 295 watts
Bandwidth 589824 MB/sec 495411 MB/sec
Texel Rate 616000 Mtexels/sec 319232 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 246400 Mpixels/sec 79808 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 5120 4096
Texture Mapping Units 320 256
Render Output Units 128 64
Bus Type GDDR6 HBM2
Bus Width 256-bit 2048-bit
Fab Process 7 nm 14 nm
Transistors 26800 million 12500 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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