GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7870 vs 555M among all 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

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

6.5

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon HD 7870 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 7870  based on its gaming, benchmarks and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 7870

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 7870

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Much better 3DMark06 score 23,230 vs 1,146 More than 20.2x better 3DMark06 score
Significantly higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 590 MHz Around 70% higher clock speed
Better PassMark score 4,339 vs 897 More than 4.8x better PassMark score
Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 23,592 vs 4,997 Around 4.8x better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Much better CLBenchmark raytrace score 200,951 vs 26,036 Around 7.8x better CLBenchmark raytrace score
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 4,800 MHz vs 1,800 MHz Around 2.8x higher effective memory clock speed
Much higher diablo III framerate 163.4 fps vs 27.7 fps Around 6x higher diablo III framerate
Higher memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s vs 43.2 GB/s More than 3.5x higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 2,560 GFLOPS vs 339.8 GFLOPS More than 7.5x better floating-point performance
Higher pixel rate 32 GPixel/s vs 3.54 GPixel/s More than 9x higher pixel rate
Much better fire strike factor score 50.19 vs 10.33 More than 4.8x better fire strike factor score
Much better manhattan score 3,709.27 vs 2,098.78 More than 75% better manhattan score
Higher texture rate 80 GTexel/s vs 14.16 GTexel/s Around 5.8x higher texture rate
Much higher battlefield 3 framerate 38.6 vs 9.8 Around 4x higher battlefield 3 framerate
More shading units 1,280 vs 144 1136 more shading units
Significantly better video composition score 64.46 frames/s vs 12.58 frames/s More than 5x better video composition score
More texture mapping units 80 vs 24 56 more texture mapping units
Better PassMark direct compute score 2,360 vs 444 More than 5.2x better PassMark direct compute score
Higher memory clock speed 1,200 MHz vs 900 MHz Around 35% higher memory clock speed
More render output processors 32 vs 24 8 more render output processors
Front view of GeForce GT 555M

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GT 555M

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Better 3DMark 11 graphics score 10,568 vs 6,194 More than 70% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Significantly lower TDP 35W vs 175W 5x lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7870 vs GeForce GT 555M

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
314.14 mHash/s
GeForce GT 555M
21.98 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
55.45 mPixels/s
GeForce GT 555M
7.8 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
952.67 frames/s
GeForce GT 555M
256.12 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
3,353.64
GeForce GT 555M
3,024.84

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
3,709.27
GeForce GT 555M
2,098.78

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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