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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7720 Radeon HD 8950 (OEM)
Halo: Reach 53% 44%
Cyberpunk 2077 562% 141%
Red Dead Redemption 2 382% 75%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 197% 8%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 382% 75%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 562% 141%
Doom Eternal 314% 51%
Grand Theft Auto VI 636% 168%
FIFA 20 157% 7%
Need For Speed Heat 382% 75%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 7720.

The HD 8950 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed and 72 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 7720. This results in the HD 8950 providing 61.6 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 8950 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 7720 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 8950 providing 0.3 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 Radeon HD 7720 was released less than a year after the HD 8950, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The HD 8950 has 2048 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 7720, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 8950 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 8950 has 105.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 7720, which means that the memory performance of the HD 8950 is massively better than the Radeon HD 7720.

The Radeon HD 7720 has 800 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 7720 is 336 and the actual shader performance of the HD 8950 is 1658. The HD 8950 having 1322 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 8950 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 7720.

The HD 8950 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon HD 7720. This means that the HD 8950 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon HD 7720.

The Radeon HD 7720 requires 150 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) requires 200 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Radeon HD 7720 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 8950. The HD 8950 requires 50 Watts more than the Radeon HD 7720 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 8950 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon HD 7720.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed840 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock-vs925 MHz
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Barts LEGCN 1.1 Tahiti PRO2
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date31 Mar 2013vs08 Jan 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth134.4GB/secvs240GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units800vs1792
Actual Shader Performance16%vs80%
Texture Mapping Units40vs112
Texture Rate33.6 GTexel/svs95.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate26.9 GPixel/svs27.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs200 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 25 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron G1620 2.7GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM6 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 7720 is a fast-middle-class GFX that's still based on the 40nm, Terascale 2 architecture.
It's based on the Barts LE Core and offers 800 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 840MHz and the memory clock operates at 1050MHz.
Therefore, it's a renamed Radeon HD 6790 and will offer exactly the same performance.
As based on the Barts LE Core, it performs better than Radeon HD 7750 (which goes against the naming) but falls behind Radeon HD 7770. It's expected to consume 150 Watt - more than Radeon HD 7750/Radeon HD 7770 and heat more, due to the higher manufacturing process. As based on the Terascale 2 architecture, it will not have nearly as much driver support as the GCN based GPUs.
Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is an OEM Only, High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Tahiti PRO2 which has 28 Compute Units activated and thus offers 1792 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 850MHz and goes up to 925MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 200W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is a Direct Rebrand of Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition and performs exactly like it.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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