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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 6950 XFX 2GB Edition GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 172% 178%
Hitman 3 254% 262%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 149% 154%
Resident Evil 8 172% 178%
FIFA 21 37% 40%
Grand Theft Auto VI 283% 291%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 141% 146%
Genshin Impact 172% 178%
The Medium 240% 247%
Far Cry 6 294% 302%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6950 XFX 2GB 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 less than a year after the GTX 470, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The HD 6950 has 768 MB more video memory than the GTX 470, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 6950 also has superior memory performance overall.

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 Radeon HD 6950 XFX 2GB Edition has 1408 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition has 448. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 6950 is 563 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 470 is 582. 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 Radeon HD 6950 XFX 2GB Edition requires 200 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition requires 215 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6950 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 470. The GTX 470 requires 15 Watts more than the HD 6950 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 470 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the HD 6950.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed800 MHzvs650 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 3 Cayman ProFermi GF100-275-A3
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date14 Dec 2010vs01 Jun 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1280 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs850 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs320 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth160GB/secvs136GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 640 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1408vs448
Actual Shader Performance27%vs28%
Texture Mapping Units88vs56
Texture Rate70.4 GTexel/svs36.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs40
Pixel Rate25.6 GPixel/svs26 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections2vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power200 Wattsvs215 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 30 Ampsvs550 Watts & 38 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
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 ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 6950 XFX 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's High-End Radeon HD 6950, created by Sapphire.

Overclock: Central Unit

Overclock: Memory Clock

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution

Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon HD 6950.
GeForce 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.
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