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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Edition
Halo: Reach 45% 48%
Cyberpunk 2077 137% 540%
Red Dead Redemption 2 72% 366%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 6% 187%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 72% 366%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 137% 540%
Doom Eternal 48% 301%
Grand Theft Auto VI 163% 612%
FIFA 20 8% 148%
Need For Speed Heat 72% 366%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Edition.

The GTX 550 Ti has a 30 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7950, but the HD 7950 has 80 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 550 Ti. As a result, the HD 7950 exhibits a 69.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 550 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 550 Ti has a 30 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7950, but the HD 7950 has 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 550 Ti. As a result, the HD 7950 exhibits a 6.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 550 Ti. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 7950 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 550 Ti, and so the HD 7950 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 550 Ti.

The HD 7950 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 550 Ti, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 7950 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 7950 has 141.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 550 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7950 is massively better than the GTX 550 Ti.

The Radeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition has 1792 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Edition has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7950 is 1417 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 550 Ti is 349. The HD 7950 having 1068 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7950 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 550 Ti.

The HD 7950 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 550 Ti. This means that the HD 7950 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 550 Ti.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7950.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed880 MHzvs910 MHz
Boost Clock930 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Tahiti PRO2Fermi GF116-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date01 Aug 2012vs01 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
9.8
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6.2
1920x1080
7.9
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4.8
2560x1440
5.9
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2.9
3840x2160
4.4
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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1026 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth240GB/secvs98.5GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 384 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs192
Actual Shader Performance68%vs17%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs32
Texture Rate98.6 GTexel/svs29.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs24
Pixel Rate28.2 GPixel/svs21.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU500 Watts-

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 7950 VTX3D 3GB Boost X-Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
This edition comes with a custom cooling solution and overclocking out of the box in the core-clock that was increase by 30MHz to 880MHz. Therefore, the Turbo Boost is now of 930MHz.
Expect a 1.5% performance boost when compared to the reference Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Edition is a special edition of the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. See the page of the standard version for more information.
The features include better cooling and an increase on the core-clock from 900MHz to 910MHz.
Benchmarks indicate the performance is basically the same.
Some modern demanding games will run at the highest settings using a 1080p resolution but the largest part will have to be played with a 720p resolution to be played optimally.
This Graphics Card needs to be paired with a decent Quad Core CPU.
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