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Radeon RX 6950 XT vs Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

Intro

The Radeon RX 6950 XT comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1925 MHz, and the 16384 MB of GDDR6 RAM is set to run at 2250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 5120 Stream Processors, 320 TAUs, and 128 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, which has clock speeds of 1382 MHz on the GPU, and 1890 MHz on the 16384 MB of HBM2 RAM. It features 4096 SPUs as well as 256 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 6950 XT should 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 is a lot (approximately 74%) better at AF 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

The Radeon RX 6950 XT is quite a bit (about 179%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, and also capable of handling higher resolutions better. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of 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 output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon RX 6950 XT

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