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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition Radeon HD 6950 XFX Dual-Fan 2GB Edition
Doom Eternal 37% 163%
Half-Life: Alyx 103% 290%
Cyberpunk 2077 84% 254%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 29% 148%
Grand Theft Auto VI 105% 294%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 29% 148%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 84% 254%
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 29% 148%
Minecraft RTX 141% 363%
Ori and the Will of the Wisps 24% 139%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 6950 XFX Dual-Fan 2GB Edition.

The HD 6950 has a 170 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 590, but the GTX 590 has 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6950. As a result, the GTX 590 exhibits a 10.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 6950. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 6950 has a 170 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 590, but the GTX 590 has 64 more Render Output Units than the HD 6950. As a result, the GTX 590 exhibits a 34.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 6950. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 590 was released less than a year after the HD 6950, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 590 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 6950, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 590 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 590 has 171.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 6950, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 590 is massively better than the HD 6950.

The GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6950 XFX Dual-Fan 2GB Edition has 1408. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 1290 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6950 is 563. The GTX 590 having 727 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 590 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 6950.

The GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition requires 365 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6950 XFX Dual-Fan 2GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6950. The GTX 590 has been recommended a PSU with 200 Watts more than the HD 6950. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 590 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 6950.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed630 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF110-351-A1Terascale 3 Cayman Pro
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date24 Mar 2011vs01 Oct 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
10
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8.2
1920x1080
8.9
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6.4
2560x1440
6.6
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4.7
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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed864 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth331.8GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs1408
Actual Shader Performance62%vs27%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs88
Texture Rate80.6 GTexel/svs70.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs32
Pixel Rate60.5 GPixel/svs25.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power365 Watts-
Recommended PSU700 Watts & 46 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHzvsIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper is a special edition of the dual-graphics solution GeForce GTX 590.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that went from 608MHz to 630MHz and in the operating memory clock, which is now of 864MHz. Furthermore, it features a new cooling system which keeps the card cool under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the reference card and so it proves to be faster than GeForce GTX 680.
Radeon HD 6950 XFX Dual-Fan 2GB Edition is a special edition of high-end Radeon HD 6950.
The only new feature is a new cooling system which is more effective in a way it dissipates heat better and produces less noise. No changes that affect performance directly, such as OCking were made. Therefore, its performance is on level with the reference Radeon HD 6950.
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