GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 5870 vs 550 Ti among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

6.2

Overall Score

Winner
PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 

GPUBoss recommends the PowerColor Radeon HD 5870  based on its benchmarks and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 5870

Reasons to consider the
PowerColor Radeon HD 5870

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Much better 3DMark06 score 14,380 vs 2,272 More than 6.2x better 3DMark06 score
Much higher battlefield 3 framerate 47.9 fps vs 31.4 fps Around 55% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 20,160 vs 9,923 More than 2x better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher memory bandwidth 160 GB/s vs 98.5 GB/s More than 60% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 2,800 GFLOPS vs 691.2 GFLOPS More than 4x better floating-point performance
Significantly more shading units 1,600 vs 192 1408 more shading units
Slightly better PassMark score 2,606 vs 1,926 More than 35% better PassMark score
Higher effective memory clock speed 5,000 MHz vs 4,104 MHz More than 20% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher pixel rate 28 GPixel/s vs 7.2 GPixel/s Around 4x higher pixel rate
Higher texture rate 70 GTexel/s vs 28.8 GTexel/s Around 2.5x higher texture rate
More texture mapping units 80 vs 32 48 more texture mapping units
Better sky diver factor score 198.8 vs 136.02 More than 45% better sky diver factor score
More render output processors 32 vs 24 8 more render output processors
Higher memory clock speed 1,250 MHz vs 1,026 MHz More than 20% higher memory clock speed
Slightly better PassMark direct compute score 1,401 vs 822 More than 70% better PassMark direct compute score
Front view of GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Significantly better 3DMark 11 graphics score 15,553 vs 4,390 More than 3.5x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Significantly lower TDP 116W vs 188W Around 40% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 5870 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
128.65 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
44.32 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
17.34 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
18.53 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
981.6 frames/s
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
549.91 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 5870  vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti 

8.8
8.8
For overclockers, the Matrix Platinum is a treat when it comes to out of the box overclock, headroom to overclock further, and all the features that help.
Radeon HD 5870

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