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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 6950 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 1GB Edition GeForce GTX 560 Ti Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 162% 171%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 139% 148%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 132% 140%
Hitman 3 241% 252%
Grand Theft Auto VI 268% 281%
FIFA 21 32% 37%
Far Cry 6 279% 292%
Genshin Impact 162% 171%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 275% 288%
Watch Dogs Legion 153% 161%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6950 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 1GB Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition.

The GTX 560 Ti has a 30 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6950, but the HD 6950 has 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 560 Ti. As a result, the HD 6950 exhibits a 19 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 560 Ti. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 560 Ti has a 30 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6950 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 560 Ti providing 1 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 560 Ti was released less than a year after the HD 6950, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Radeon HD 6950 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 1GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 560 Ti Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 6950 has 32 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 560 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6950 is noticeably better than the GTX 560 Ti.

The Radeon HD 6950 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 1GB Edition has 1408 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 560 Ti Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 6950 is 612 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 Ti is 691. The GTX 560 Ti having 79 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 6950 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon HD 6950 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 1GB Edition requires 200 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 560 Ti Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6950.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed870 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 3 Cayman ProFermi GF114-400-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date20 Dec 2010vs01 Jan 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
8.3
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8.2
1920x1080
6.5
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6.4
2560x1440
4.8
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4.4
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth160GB/secvs128GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1408vs384
Actual Shader Performance29%vs33%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units88vs64
Texture Rate76.6 GTexel/svs57.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate27.8 GPixel/svs28.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power200 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Amps-

GPU Features

DirectX11.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 6950 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 1GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's High-End Radeon HD 6950, created by Gigabyte.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 870MHz, instead of 800MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.

Cooling Solution
WindForce 3X - Vapor chamber-Outward Inclined Fan: Features 3 ultra quiet PWM fans, three copper heat pipes and a unique vapor chamber to strengthen the speed of heat dissipation.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 4% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon HD 6950.
GeForce GTX 560 Ti Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition is one of the many special editions of GeForce GTX 560 Ti.
The new features include a new cooling system and an increase in the core-clock from 822MHz to 900MHz.
Benchmarks indicate the performance is around 5% better than the standard edition.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
GPU Variants
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