GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7850 vs 6870 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

6.2

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon HD 7850 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 7850  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 7850

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 7850

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Much better 3DMark06 score 20,570 vs 4,218 Around 5x better 3DMark06 score
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 23,350 vs 16,393 More than 40% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Better PassMark score 3,813 vs 2,594 More than 45% better PassMark score
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Higher effective memory clock speed 4,800 MHz vs 4,200 MHz Around 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s vs 134.4 GB/s Around 15% higher memory bandwidth
Better fire strike factor score 43.94 vs 31.41 Around 40% better fire strike factor score
Better video composition score 72.97 frames/s vs 45.51 frames/s More than 60% better video composition score
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 55 vs 45 More than 20% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Higher memory clock speed 1,200 MHz vs 1,050 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Better PassMark direct compute score 1,854 vs 1,156 More than 60% better PassMark direct compute score
Lower TDP 130W vs 151W Around 15% lower TDP
Front view of Radeon HD 6870

Reasons to consider the
MSI Radeon HD 6870

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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 23,860 vs 6,510 Around 3.8x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Slightly higher clock speed 930 MHz vs 860 MHz Around 10% higher clock speed

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7850 vs 6870

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7850
249.48 mHash/s
Radeon HD 6870
184.53 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7850
47.04 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 6870
16.41 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7850
1,163.38 frames/s
Radeon HD 6870
857.8 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7850
3,355.2
Radeon HD 6870
3,356.74

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7850
3,466.99
Radeon HD 6870
3,716.04

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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