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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI Radeon HD 6970 MSI Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 74% 128%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 74% 128%
Cyberpunk 2077 64% 213%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 88% 4%
Need For Speed Heat 74% 128%
The Outer Worlds 78% 89%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 64% 213%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 75% 113%
Borderlands 3 72% 140%
FIFA 20 86% 21%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 6970 MSI Edition.

The RTX 2080 Ti has a 470 MHz higher core clock speed and 176 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6970. This results in the RTX 2080 Ti providing 282.7 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 RTX 2080 Ti has a 470 MHz higher core clock speed and 56 more Render Output Units than the HD 6970. This results in the RTX 2080 Ti providing 90.6 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 RTX 2080 Ti was released over three years more recently than the HD 6970, and so the RTX 2080 Ti is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 6970 when running the latest games.

The RTX 2080 Ti has 9216 MB more video memory than the HD 6970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the RTX 2080 Ti also has superior memory performance overall.

The RTX 2080 Ti has 440 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 6970, which means that the memory performance of the RTX 2080 Ti is massively better than the HD 6970.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI has 4352 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6970 MSI Edition has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the RTX 2080 Ti is 7116 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6970 is 676. The RTX 2080 Ti having 6440 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RTX 2080 Ti delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 6970.

The RTX 2080 Ti transistor size technology is 28 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6970. This means that the RTX 2080 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6970.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI requires 260 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 6970 MSI Edition requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the RTX 2080 Ti and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the HD 6970. The RTX 2080 Ti requires 10 Watts more than the HD 6970 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the RTX 2080 Ti to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the HD 6970.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1350 MHzvs880 MHz
Boost Clock1635 MHzvs-
ArchitectureTuring TU102-300A-K1-A1Terascale 3 Cayman XT
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date20 Sep 2018vs01 Dec 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

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GPU Memory

Memory11264 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1375 MHz
Memory Bus352 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth616GB/secvs176GB/sec
L2 Cache 6144 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 Units4352vs1536
Actual Shader Performance100%vs33%
Texture Mapping Units272vs96
Texture Rate367.2 GTexel/svs84.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units88vs32
Pixel Rate118.8 GPixel/svs28.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power260 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU650 Wattsvs550 Watts & 34 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL-vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-8700K 6-Core 3.7GHzvsIntel Core i7-875K Quad 2.93GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the top RTX 20 Series graphics card and considered an Enthusiast graphics card based on the Turing architecture. Architecture The Turing architecture represents a process shrink down to 12nm compared to 14nm Pascal. The Turing architecture provides the world's first consumer support for real-time ray-tracing technology, or RTX. GPU It equips a GPU Codenamed TU102 which has 4352 Shader Processing Units, 272 TMUs and 88 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1350MHz and goes up to 1545MHz in Boost mode. It also has 544 Tensor Cores for AI purposes. Memory The GPU accesses an 11GB frame buffer of first-gen GDDR6 memory through a 352-bit memory interface, while the Memory clock operates at 1750MHz, or 14GHz effective. Power Consumption With a rated board TDP of 285W, it requires at least a 650W PSU with two 8-pin power connectors. System Suggestions GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a top-End Processor and at least 16GB of RAM for optimal performance.Radeon HD 6970 MSI Edition is basically a renamed Radeon HD 6970 and part of the Radeon HD 6000 Series released by AMD in 2010/2011.
There are no relevant features nor any tweaks and so the performance is exactly like the standard version.
All demanding games, including very demanding one's like Metro 2033/The Witcher II will run on the highest settings.
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