GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 5870 vs 960 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

7.1

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960  based on its benchmarks, compute performance and noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 5870

Reasons to consider the
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Better 3DMark06 score 14,380 vs 10,767.5 Around 35% better 3DMark06 score
Higher memory bandwidth 160 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s Around 45% higher memory bandwidth
More shading units 1,600 vs 1,024 576 more shading units
Slightly more texture mapping units 80 vs 64 16 more texture mapping units
Front view of GeForce GTX 960

Reasons to consider the
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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 32,987 vs 4,390 More than 7.5x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Significantly better PassMark score 5,813 vs 2,606 Around 2.2x better PassMark score
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 32,171 vs 20,160 Around 60% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 875 MHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 40% higher effective memory clock speed
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Significantly better fire strike factor score 57.4 vs 31.94 Around 80% better fire strike factor score
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,250 MHz More than 40% higher memory clock speed
Better T-Rex score 3.92 frames/s vs 1.53 frames/s More than 2.5x better T-Rex score
Slightly higher pixel rate 36.1 GPixel/s vs 28 GPixel/s Around 30% higher pixel rate
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,046 vs 1,401 Around 2.2x better PassMark direct compute score
Lower TDP 120W vs 188W More than 35% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 5870 vs GeForce GTX 960

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
128.65 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
17.34 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
981.6 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
275.2 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 960
710.39 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
1.53 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
3.92 frames/s

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 960 

8.8
9.0
Gigabyte has crammed three DisplayPorts, two DVI ports, and an HDMI port onto their board, which is more than anyone else.
GeForce GTX 960

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