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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 6950

Reasons to consider the
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950

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Significantly higher clock speed 880 MHz vs 650 MHz More than 35% higher clock speed
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 5,200 MHz vs 1,800 MHz Around 3x higher effective memory clock speed
Better PassMark score 3,177 vs 751 Around 4.2x better PassMark score
Significantly higher memory bandwidth 166.4 GB/s vs 57.6 GB/s Around 3x higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 2,478 GFLOPS vs 208 GFLOPS Around 12x better floating-point performance
Significantly higher texture rate 77.4 GTexel/s vs 20.8 GTexel/s Around 3.8x higher texture rate
More memory 2,048 MB vs 512 MB 4x more memory
Higher pixel rate 28.2 GPixel/s vs 10.4 GPixel/s Around 2.8x higher pixel rate
More shading units 1,408 vs 64 1344 more shading units
More texture mapping units 88 vs 32 56 more texture mapping units
Higher memory clock speed 1,300 MHz vs 900 MHz Around 45% higher memory clock speed
More render output processors 32 vs 16 Twice as many render output processors
Front view of GeForce GT 9600

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GT 9600

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Lower TDP 95W vs 200W 2.1x lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 6950 vs GeForce GT 9600

PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performanceData courtesy Passmark

Features Key features of the Radeon HD 6950  vs GeForce GT 9600 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

Radeon HD 6950
166.4 GB/s
GeForce GT 9600
57.6 GB/s

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

Radeon HD 6950
28.2 GPixel/s
GeForce GT 9600
10.4 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

Radeon HD 6950
77.4 GTexel/s
GeForce GT 9600
20.8 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon HD 6950
2,478 GFLOPS
GeForce GT 9600

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 6950  vs GeForce GT 9600 

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GeForce GT 9600

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