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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7950 WindForce Boost Edition Radeon HD 8950 (OEM)
Halo: Reach 46% 44%
Cyberpunk 2077 132% 141%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 4% 8%
Red Dead Redemption 2 69% 75%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 69% 75%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 132% 141%
Doom Eternal 45% 51%
Grand Theft Auto VI 158% 168%
FIFA 20 10% 7%
Need For Speed Heat 69% 75%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7950 WindForce Boost Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 8950 (OEM).

The HD 7950 has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the HD 8950. This results in the HD 7950 providing 5.6 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 7950 has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 8950 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 7950 providing 1.6 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 HD 8950 was released less than a year after the HD 7950, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The Radeon HD 7950 WindForce Boost Edition and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the Radeon HD 7950 WindForce Boost Edition and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) are the same, which means the HD 7950 and the HD 8950 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

Both the Radeon HD 7950 WindForce Boost Edition and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) have 1792 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the HD 8950 is 1658 and by the HD 7950 is 1658. Knowing that the shader performance of the HD 8950 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) requires 200 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD 7950. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7950 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 8950. The two GPUs have been recommended a PSU with the same amount of wattage. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock1000 MHzvs925 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Tahiti PRO2GCN 1.1 Tahiti PRO2
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date01 Oct 2012vs08 Jan 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
9.9
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9.7
1920x1080
8
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7.8
2560x1440
5.9
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5.8
3840x2160
4.4
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4.3

GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth240GB/secvs240GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs1792
Actual Shader Performance73%vs80%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs112
Texture Rate100.8 GTexel/svs95.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate28.8 GPixel/svs27.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-200 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.2
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 7950 WindForce Boost 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 50MHz to 900MHz. Therefore, the Turbo Boost is now of 1000MHz.
Expect a 3% performance boost when compared to the reference Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
Overview
Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is an OEM Only, High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

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.

GPU
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.

Memory
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.

Performance
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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