GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7870 XT vs 970 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

7.4

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970  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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Better 3DMark06 score 20,070 vs 15,071 Around 35% better 3DMark06 score
Front view of GeForce GTX 970

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970

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Significantly better PassMark score 8,563 vs 4,420 Around 95% better PassMark score
More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 6,000 MHz More than 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 1,050 MHz vs 925 MHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Higher pixel rate 58.8 GPixel/s vs 31.2 GPixel/s Around 90% higher pixel rate
Higher memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s vs 192 GB/s More than 15% higher memory bandwidth
Significantly more render output processors 56 vs 32 24 more render output processors
Significantly better fire strike factor score 72.7 vs 47.56 Around 55% better fire strike factor score
Slightly better floating-point performance 3,494 GFLOPS vs 2,995.2 GFLOPS More than 15% better floating-point performance
Higher turbo clock speed 1,178 MHz vs 975 MHz More than 20% higher turbo clock speed
Better T-Rex score 8.69 frames/s vs 6.37 frames/s More than 35% better T-Rex score
Significantly better PassMark direct compute score 4,375 vs 2,460 Around 80% better PassMark direct compute score
Slightly higher texture rate 109.2 GTexel/s vs 93.6 GTexel/s More than 15% higher texture rate
Higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,500 MHz More than 15% higher memory clock speed
Lower TDP 148W vs 185W 20% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7870 XT vs GeForce GTX 970

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870 XT
345.79 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
212.39 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870 XT
65.4 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
105.04 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870 XT
1,230.47 frames/s
GeForce GTX 970
1,225.93 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Metro: Last Light

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