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

GPUBoss Score

Gaming, Benchmarks, Compute Performance and Noise and Power

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AMD Radeon HD 7950 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 7950  based on its compute performance.

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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 4,659 vs 3,488 Around 35% better passmark score
More memory 3,072 MB vs 2,048 MB 50% more memory
Higher memory bandwidth 240 GB/s vs 176 GB/s More than 35% higher memory bandwidth
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
Quieter idle noise level 40.7 dB vs 42.7 dB Around 5% quieter idle noise level
More energy-efficient idle power consumption 112W vs 120W More than 5% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Significantly 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 2,628 vs 1,383 More than 90% better passmark direct compute score
Higher civilization 5 framerate 82.4 fps vs 54.6 fps More than 50% higher civilization 5 framerate
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 84.7 fps vs 55.1 fps Around 55% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 52.1 fps vs 39.1 fps Around 35% higher crysis: warhead framerate
Better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 18,100 vs 13,500 Around 35% better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 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
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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 24,035 vs 9,290 More than 2.5x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Higher clock speed 880 MHz vs 800 MHz 10% higher clock speed
Better 3DMark06 score 24,035 vs 16,730 Around 45% better 3DMark06 score
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

Passmark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performance

3DMark 11, as the name might probably suggest, makes use of Microsoft DirectX 11 API, and puts every feature at its disposal to use, creating astonishingly-realistic visuals.
Radeon HD 7950 | by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2012)

3DMark Vantage (Texture Fill) Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX performance

Radeon HD 7950 Radeon HD 6970 @ anandtech.com

3DMark 11 Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 11 GPU performance

Batman: Arkham City 1920x1200 - Extreme quality + FXAA-HIGH

Radeon HD 7950 Radeon HD 6970 @ anandtech.com
We see good performance scaling in most titles of our test suite, except for Batman Arkham City and Elder Scrolls Skyrim.
Radeon HD 7950 | by techPowerUp! (Jan, 2012)

SmallLux GPU 2.0d4 Measures compute performance using OpenCL to do 3D rendering

Radeon HD 7950 Radeon HD 6970 @ anandtech.com

Passmark Direct Compute Measures performance of general-purpose computing using Microsoft DirectCompute

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7950  vs 6970 

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

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