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Front view of Radeon HD 5870

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PowerColor 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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Nvidia 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
Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 14,020 vs 4,390 Around 3.2x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Significantly better PassMark score 8,004 vs 2,598 More than 3x better PassMark score
Much higher memory bandwidth 288.4 GB/s vs 160 GB/s More than 80% higher memory bandwidth
More memory 3,072 MB vs 1,024 MB 3x more memory
Significantly higher texture rate 165.7 GTexel/s vs 70 GTexel/s More than 2.2x higher texture rate
Much higher battlefield 3 framerate 141 fps vs 47.9 fps Around 3x higher battlefield 3 framerate
Significantly more texture mapping units 192 vs 80 112 more texture mapping units
Higher effective memory clock speed 6,008 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 20% higher effective memory clock speed
Better floating-point performance 3,977 GFLOPS vs 2,800 GFLOPS More than 40% better floating-point performance
Higher pixel rate 41.4 GPixel/s vs 28 GPixel/s Around 50% higher pixel rate
More shading units 2,304 vs 1,600 704 more shading units
More render output processors 48 vs 32 16 more render output processors
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,949 vs 1,379 More than 2.8x better PassMark direct compute score
Better face detection score 55.33 mPixels/s vs 17.13 mPixels/s Around 3.2x better face detection score
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

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
142.43 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 780
248.72 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
17.13 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 780
55.33 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
1,338.68 frames/s
GeForce GTX 780
1,356.07 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
275.2 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 780
688.44 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
1.54 frames/s
GeForce GTX 780
5.3 frames/s

Video composition Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
43.62 frames/s
GeForce GTX 780
90.5 frames/s

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 5870  vs GeForce GTX 780 

8.8
9.3
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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