GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 6970 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 6970

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 6970

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Much better 3DMark06 score 24,035 vs 10,767.5 Around 2.2x better 3DMark06 score
Higher memory bandwidth 176 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s More than 55% higher memory bandwidth
More shading units 1,536 vs 1,024 512 more shading units
More texture mapping units 96 vs 64 32 more texture mapping units
Wider memory bus 256 bit vs 128 bit 2x wider memory bus
Higher battlefield 4 framerate 90 vs 58 More than 55% higher battlefield 4 framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 960

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

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Significantly better 3DMark 11 graphics score 32,987 vs 24,035 More than 35% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Better PassMark score 5,813 vs 3,493 More than 65% better PassMark score
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 32,171 vs 22,250 Around 45% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 880 MHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 5,500 MHz More than 25% higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,375 MHz More than 25% higher memory clock speed
Better T-Rex score 3.92 frames/s vs 1.83 frames/s Around 2.2x better T-Rex score
Slightly higher pixel rate 36.1 GPixel/s vs 28.16 GPixel/s Around 30% higher pixel rate
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,046 vs 1,399 Around 2.2x better PassMark direct compute score
Slightly better cloud gate factor score 20.16 vs 19.27 Around 5% better cloud gate factor score
Significantly lower TDP 120W vs 250W 2.1x lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 6970 vs GeForce GTX 960

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6970
274.06 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6970
18.68 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6970
920.29 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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