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Radeon RX 6950 XT vs Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

Intro

The Radeon RX 6950 XT features core clock speeds of 1925 MHz on the GPU, and 2250 MHz on the 16384 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 5120 SPUs along with 320 Texture Address Units and 128 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1382 MHz, and 16384 MB of HBM2 memory set to run at 1890 MHz through a 2048-bit bus. It also is comprised of 4096 SPUs, 256 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 300 Watts
Radeon RX 6950 XT 335 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 6950 XT should in theory be just a bit faster than the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 6950 XT 589824 MB/sec
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 495452 MB/sec
Difference: 94372 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6950 XT should be much (approximately 74%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition. (explain)

Radeon RX 6950 XT 616000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 353792 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 262208 (74%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6950 XT is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 6950 XT 246400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 88448 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 157952 (179%)

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 Vega Frontier Edition
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year May 2022 June 2017
Code Name Navi 21 Vega 10 XTX
Memory 16384 MB 16384 MB
Core Speed 1925 MHz 1382 MHz
Memory Speed 2250 GB/s 1890 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 335 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 589824 MB/sec 495452 MB/sec
Texel Rate 616000 Mtexels/sec 353792 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 246400 Mpixels/sec 88448 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 max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 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 higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. 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 quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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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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