GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 5870 vs 780


Real world tests using the latest 3D games

Civilization 5


Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

PassMark, 3DMark Vantage Texture Fill, 3DMark 11 Graphics and 2 more

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

PassMark Direct Compute and CLBenchmark Raytrace

Noise and Power

How loud and hot does the card run idle and under load

TDP, Idle Noise Level, Load Noise Level, Idle Power Consumption and 1 more

GPUBoss Score

Gaming, Benchmarks, Compute Performance and Noise and Power

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780  based on its gaming, benchmarks, compute performance and noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 5870

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Lower TDP 188W vs 250W Around 25% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 780

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Much better 3DMark06 score 35,080 vs 14,380 Around 2.5x better 3DMark06 score
Much better 3DMark vantage graphics score 42,870 vs 20,160 Around 2.2x better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Significantly better PassMark score 8,018 vs 2,596 More than 3x better PassMark score
Significantly better 3DMark vantage texture fill score 147 vs 62.86 More than 2.2x better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
Significantly more memory 6,144 MB vs 1,024 MB 6x more memory
Much more energy-efficient idle power consumption 62W vs 123W Around 50% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Significantly higher memory bandwidth 288.4 GB/s vs 160 GB/s More than 80% higher memory bandwidth
Better 3DMark 11 graphics score 14,020 vs 4,390 Around 3.2x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Significantly higher texture rate 166.4 GTexel/s vs 70 GTexel/s Around 2.5x higher texture rate
More energy-efficient load power consumption 250W vs 352W Around 30% more energy-efficient load power consumption
Higher effective memory clock speed 6,008 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 20% higher effective memory clock speed
Much higher civilization 5 framerate 138.7 fps vs 46.6 fps Around 3x higher civilization 5 framerate
Better floating-point performance 3,977 GFLOPS vs 2,800 GFLOPS More than 40% better floating-point performance
Significantly more texture mapping units 192 vs 80 112 more texture mapping units
Significantly quieter idle noise level 38 dB vs 42.4 dB More than 10% quieter idle noise level
Significantly better T-Rex score 6.91 frames/s vs 1.54 frames/s Around 4.5x better T-Rex score
Much higher battlefield 3 framerate 141 fps vs 47.9 fps Around 3x higher battlefield 3 framerate
Much better CLBenchmark raytrace score 252,908 vs 81,947 More than 3x better CLBenchmark raytrace score
Quieter load noise level 48.1 dB vs 53.8 dB More than 10% quieter load noise level
Higher pixel rate 41.4 GPixel/s vs 28 GPixel/s Around 50% higher pixel rate
Significantly higher crysis: warhead framerate 71.4 fps vs 33.2 fps Around 2.2x higher crysis: warhead framerate
Significantly better PassMark direct compute score 3,937 vs 1,371 More than 2.8x better PassMark direct compute score
More shading units 2,304 vs 1,600 704 more shading units
More render output processors 48 vs 32 16 more render output processors
Higher memory clock speed 1,502 MHz vs 1,250 MHz More than 20% higher memory clock speed

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 5870 vs GeForce GTX 780

PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performanceData courtesy Passmark

3DMark Vantage (Texture Fill) Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX performance

3DMark 11 Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 11 GPU performance

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining)

Radeon HD 5870
242.8 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 780
233.6 mHash/s

GFXBench 3.0 (T-Rex)

Radeon HD 5870
GeForce GTX 780

GFXBench 3.0 (Manhattan)

Radeon HD 5870
GeForce GTX 780

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 5870  vs GeForce GTX 780 

The EVGA ACX cooler does look nice, but I still don't think it can compete with the NVIDIA reference design cooler and its large shiny metal surfaces.
GeForce GTX 780

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