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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 250X Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 312% 148%
Halo: Reach 31% 21%
Cyberpunk 2077 465% 241%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 312% 148%
Doom Eternal 254% 113%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 465% 241%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 84% 90%
Grand Theft Auto VI 529% 279%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 465% 241%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 154% 53%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R7 250X.

The Radeon R7 250X has a 110 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6950, but the HD 6950 has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R7 250X. As a result, the HD 6950 exhibits a 35.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 250X. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon R7 250X has a 110 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6950, but the HD 6950 has 16 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R7 250X. As a result, the HD 6950 exhibits a 11.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon R7 250X. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R7 250X was released over a year more recently than the HD 6950, and so the Radeon R7 250X is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 6950.

The Radeon R7 250X and the Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 6950 has 91.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 250X, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6950 is massively better than the Radeon R7 250X.

The Radeon R7 250X has 640 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB Edition has 1408. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 250X is 517 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6950 is 591. The HD 6950 having 74 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 6950 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R7 250X.

The Radeon R7 250X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6950. This means that the Radeon R7 250X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6950.

The Radeon R7 250X requires 80 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon R7 250X and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6950. The HD 6950 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the Radeon R7 250X. The difference is significant enough that the HD 6950 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R7 250X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed950 MHzvs840 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Cape Verde XTTerascale 3 Cayman Pro
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date10 Feb 2014vs01 Jun 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
8.8
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1600x900
6.6
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8.3
1920x1080
5.1
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6.5
2560x1440
3.4
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4.8
3840x2160
2.2
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs1280 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth72GB/secvs163.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs1408
Actual Shader Performance25%vs28%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs88
Texture Rate38 GTexel/svs73.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate15.2 GPixel/svs26.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power80 Watts-
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 20 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R7 250X is a fast-middle-class Graphics Card based on the Graphics Core Next architecture. It offers the Cape Verde XT GPU.
The Cape Verde XT Core is a GCN 1.1 GPU and was first seen on Radeon HD 7770 and then re-used in the OEM only Radeon HD 8760.
It offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 128-bits memory interface of fast GDDR5.
Radeon R7 250X comes clocked at 950MHz (though there might be some 1GHz versions) and has its operating memory clock set at 1125MHz. The rated TDP board is of 80W and the release price around $99.
This card should come in 1GB and 2GB versions, though both will offer the same performance.
Its performance has proven to be exactly like Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition (if clocked at 1GHz) and thus this card is not suited for 1080p gaming but it can handle 720p with ease. The 950MHz versions will be around 3% slower.
Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB Edition is a special edition of high-end Radeon HD 6950.
This edition comes with overcloking out of the box in both core and memory clocks that were raised by 40MHz to 840MHz and by 30MHz to 1280MHz, respectively. It also features a custom cooling solution called IceQ X Cooling Technology which features a 9.2cm silent fan and 4 heatpipes making it cooler and quieter than the reference card.
Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
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