GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 6970 vs 6850 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

6

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon HD 6970 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 6970  based on its benchmarks.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 6970

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AMD Radeon HD 6970

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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 24,035 vs 3,640 More than 6.5x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Much better 3DMark06 score 24,035 vs 15,040 Around 60% better 3DMark06 score
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 5,500 MHz vs 4,000 MHz Around 40% higher effective memory clock speed
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 22,250 vs 15,230 More than 45% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher memory bandwidth 176 GB/s vs 128 GB/s Around 40% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 2,703 GFLOPS vs 1,488 GFLOPS More than 80% better floating-point performance
Higher clock speed 880 MHz vs 775 MHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Higher texture rate 84.48 GTexel/s vs 37.2 GTexel/s More than 2.2x higher texture rate
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Much higher battlefield 4 framerate 90 vs 15 6x higher battlefield 4 framerate
More texture mapping units 96 vs 48 Twice as many texture mapping units
More shading units 1,536 vs 960 576 more shading units
More compute units 24 vs 12 Twice as many compute units
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,375 MHz vs 1,000 MHz Around 40% higher memory clock speed
Better fire strike factor score 37.18 vs 27 Around 40% better fire strike factor score
Front view of Radeon HD 6850

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Significantly lower TDP 127W vs 250W Around 50% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 6970 vs 6850

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6970
274.06 mHash/s
Radeon HD 6850
139.31 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6970
18.68 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 6850
13.02 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6970
920.29 frames/s
Radeon HD 6850
946.16 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6970
3,351.26
Radeon HD 6850
3,353.74

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6970
3,706.33
Radeon HD 6850
3,203.43

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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