AMD Radeon HD 6950: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon HD 6950
Radeon HD 6950
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 0
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 1250
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2010
Performance 8.90

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 6950 sales 14 December 2010 at a recommended price of $299. This is TeraScale 3 architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.25 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of .

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 267 mm. Two 6-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 500 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

8.90%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon HD 6950's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating427
Value for money2.54
ArchitectureTeraScale 3 (2010−2013)
GPU code nameCayman
Market segmentDesktop
Designreference
Release date14 December 2010 (11 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$299
Price now$212 (0.7x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon HD 6950's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 6950's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1408of 18432 (AD102)
Boost clock speed800 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors2,640 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology40 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)500 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate70.40of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance2,252.8 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 6950's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus supportPCIe 2.0 x16
InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
Length267 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors2x 6-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 6950: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed1250 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 6950. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Eyefinity1
HDMI+
DisplayPort support-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 6950. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

AppAcceleration-
CrossFire1
Enduro-
HD3D-
PowerTune-
TrueAudio-
ZeroCore-

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 6950, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectXDirectX® 11
Shader Model5.0
OpenGL4.4of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.2
Mantle-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 6950. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

HD 6950 8.90
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

HD 6950 2646

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

HD 6950 3230

Unigine Heaven 4.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark, a newer version of Unigine 3.0 with relatively small differences. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. The benchmark is still sometimes used, despite its significant age, as it was released back in 2013.

Benchmark coverage: 1%

HD 6950 442

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 6950. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 244 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 6950 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 6950 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

The nearest Radeon HD 6950's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 465, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

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