GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 6870 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 6870

Reasons to consider the
MSI Radeon HD 6870

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Higher memory bandwidth 134.4 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s Around 20% higher memory bandwidth
Wider memory bus 256 bit vs 128 bit 2x wider memory bus
Front view of GeForce GTX 960

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

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Significantly better PassMark score 5,813 vs 2,594 Around 2.2x better PassMark score
Significantly better 3DMark 11 graphics score 32,987 vs 23,860 Around 40% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 32,171 vs 16,393 More than 95% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Much higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 4,200 MHz More than 65% higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly better 3DMark06 score 10,767.5 vs 4,218 More than 2.5x better 3DMark06 score
Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 930 MHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Much higher battlefield 3 framerate 80 vs 45 Around 80% higher battlefield 3 framerate
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Much higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,050 MHz More than 65% higher memory clock speed
Better T-Rex score 3.92 frames/s vs 1.35 frames/s Around 3x better T-Rex score
Higher texture rate 72.1 GTexel/s vs 52.08 GTexel/s Around 40% higher texture rate
Significantly better PassMark direct compute score 3,046 vs 1,156 Around 2.8x better PassMark direct compute score
Better cloud gate factor score 20.16 vs 18.25 More than 10% better cloud gate factor score
Lower TDP 120W vs 151W More than 20% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 6870 vs GeForce GTX 960

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6870
184.53 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6870
16.41 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6870
857.8 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6870
186.69 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 960
710.39 mInteraction/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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