GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7870 XT 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 7870 XT

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT

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Much better 3DMark06 score 20,070 vs 10,767.5 More than 85% better 3DMark06 score
Significantly higher memory bandwidth 192 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s More than 70% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 2,995.2 GFLOPS vs 2,308.1 GFLOPS Around 30% better floating-point performance
Better video composition score 78.52 frames/s vs 25.99 frames/s More than 3x better video composition score
Higher texture rate 93.6 GTexel/s vs 72.1 GTexel/s Around 30% higher texture rate
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 metro: last light framerate 79.5 vs 56.8 Around 40% higher metro: last light framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 960

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 32,987 vs 8,470 Around 4x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 925 MHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Better PassMark score 5,813 vs 4,420 More than 30% better PassMark score
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 6,000 MHz More than 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 32,171 vs 27,700 More than 15% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher turbo clock speed 1,178 MHz vs 975 MHz More than 20% higher turbo clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,500 MHz More than 15% higher memory clock speed
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,046 vs 2,460 Around 25% better PassMark direct compute score
Lower TDP 120W vs 185W More than 35% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7870 XT vs GeForce GTX 960

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870 XT
345.79 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870 XT
65.4 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870 XT
1,230.47 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

Metro: Last Light

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Comments

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uhm ppl on forums said this two cards are very similar, but in bench 960 seems better when the brute power is for 7870xt with more bandwidth, shader units, texture units and maping units. My 7870xt is dead and Im planning on buy this 960 second hand from a friend (3/4 months of use).
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