AMD Radeon HD 6950M: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon HD 6950M

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 6950M sales 6 January 2011. This is Terascale 2 architecture notebook card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 900 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 115.2 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via MXM-B (3.0) interface. Power consumption is at 50 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 7.25 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

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

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.81
 
Architecture
Terascale 2
 
GPU code name
Blackcomb Pro
 
Market segment
Laptop
 
Launch date
6 January 2011 (10 years ago)
 
Price now
$338
 

Technical specs

Radeon HD 6950M'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 6950M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
960
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
580 MHz
 
Number of transistors
1,700 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
50 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
27.84
 
Floating-point performance
1,113.6 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 6950M's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop size
large
 
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 6950M: 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 type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
 
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
900 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
115.2 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 6950M. 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 Connectors
No outputs
 

API support

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

DirectX
11.2 (11_0)
 
Shader Model
5.0
 
OpenGL
4.4
 
OpenCL
1.2
 
Vulkan
N/A
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 6950M. 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.

7.25

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

2452

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

10122

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 6950M 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.

This video card matches 79% minimum and 67% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
79%
Recommended
67%
Minimum
79%
Recommended
67%

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 6950M from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 670MX, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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