GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7950 vs 6970

Gaming

Real world tests using the latest 3D games

Crysis: Warhead (2012), Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3 (2012) and 1 more

Benchmarks

Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

PassMark, 3DMark Vantage Texture Fill, 3DMark 11 Graphics and 2 more

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4, Civilization 5 Texture Decomposition (2012) and 2 more

Noise and Power

How loud and hot does the card run idle and under load

TDP, Idle Noise Level, Load Noise Level, Idle Power Consumption and 1 more

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 7950

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 7950

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Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 31,710 vs 22,250 Around 45% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Better PassMark score 4,758 vs 3,472 More than 35% better PassMark score
Higher memory bandwidth 240 GB/s vs 176 GB/s More than 35% higher memory bandwidth
More memory 3,072 MB vs 2,048 MB 50% more memory
Much better CLBenchmark raytrace score 290,444 vs 86,512 More than 3.2x better CLBenchmark raytrace score
More energy-efficient load power consumption 321W vs 370W Around 15% more energy-efficient load power consumption
More energy-efficient idle power consumption 112W vs 120W More than 5% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Better sky diver factor score 358.94 vs 259.91 Around 40% better sky diver factor score
Better fire strike factor score 68.42 vs 44.59 Around 55% better fire strike factor score
Quieter idle noise level 40.7 dB vs 42.7 dB Around 5% quieter idle noise level
Higher civilization 5 framerate 82.4 fps vs 54.6 fps More than 50% higher civilization 5 framerate
Better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score 229.3 vs 163.7 More than 40% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score
Better PassMark direct compute score 2,724 vs 1,379 Around 2x better PassMark direct compute score
Better cloud gate factor score 20.48 vs 19.05 More than 5% better cloud gate factor score
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 84.7 fps vs 55.1 fps Around 55% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 18,100 vs 13,500 Around 35% better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 52.1 fps vs 39.1 fps Around 35% higher crysis: warhead framerate
Better bitcoin mining score 349.66 mHash/s vs 264.71 mHash/s More than 30% better bitcoin mining score
Higher batman: arkham city framerate 82 fps vs 67 fps More than 20% higher batman: arkham city framerate
Lower TDP 200W vs 250W 20% lower TDP
Front view of Radeon HD 6970

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AMD Radeon HD 6970

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Significantly better 3DMark 11 graphics score 24,035 vs 9,290 More than 2.5x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Significantly better 3DMark06 score 24,035 vs 16,730 Around 45% better 3DMark06 score
Higher clock speed 880 MHz vs 800 MHz 10% higher clock speed
Slightly higher effective memory clock speed 5,500 MHz vs 5,000 MHz 10% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,375 MHz vs 1,250 MHz 10% higher memory clock speed

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7950 vs 6970

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7950
349.66 mHash/s
Radeon HD 6970
264.71 mHash/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7950
3,719.34
Radeon HD 6970
3,718.5

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7950  vs 6970 

9.1
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This power configuration is good for up to 225 W of power draw.
Radeon HD 7950

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