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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition Radeon HD 6950 Sapphire 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 178% 172%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 154% 149%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 146% 141%
FIFA 21 40% 37%
Grand Theft Auto VI 291% 283%
Hitman 3 262% 254%
Genshin Impact 178% 172%
Far Cry 6 302% 294%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 298% 290%
Watch Dogs Legion 168% 163%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6950 Sapphire 1GB Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition.

The HD 6950 has a 150 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 470. This results in the HD 6950 providing 34 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 6950 has a 150 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 470, but the GTX 470 has 8 more Render Output Units than the HD 6950. As a result, the GTX 470 exhibits a 0.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 6950. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 6950 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 470, and so the HD 6950 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 470.

The GTX 470 has 256 MB more video memory than the HD 6950, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 6950 has 24 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 470, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6950 is slightly better than the GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition has 448 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6950 Sapphire 1GB Edition has 1408. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 470 is 582 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6950 is 563. The GTX 470 having 19 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 6950 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition requires 215 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6950 Sapphire 1GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 470 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6950. The GTX 470 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the HD 6950. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 470 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 6950.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF100-275-A3Terascale 3 Cayman Pro
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Jun 2010vs01 Oct 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1280 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed850 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus320 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth136GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 640 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units448vs1408
Actual Shader Performance28%vs27%
Texture Mapping Units56vs88
Texture Rate36.4 GTexel/svs70.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units40vs32
Pixel Rate26 GPixel/svs25.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power215 Watts-
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 38 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 470.
This edition comes with a dual-fan custom solution and overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 607MHz to 650MHz, while the operating memory clock is now of 850MHz, instead of 837MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 7% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
Radeon HD 6950 Sapphire 1GB Edition is a special edition of Radeon HD 6950 that features a special cooler using a new dual fan configuration. However, its frame buffer is halved to 1GB and so its performance is worse than the reference card since it's known this GPU benefits from a 2GB frame buffer.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is overall 2% worse than the reference card.
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