GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7870 vs 550 Ti

Gaming

Real world tests using the latest 3D games

Crysis: Warhead (2012), Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3 (2012) and 1 more

Benchmarks

Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

Passmark, 3DMark Vantage Texture Fill, 3DMark 11 Graphics and 2 more

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4, Civilization 5 Texture Decomposition (2012) and 2 more

Noise and Power

How loud and hot does the card run idle and under load

TDP, Idle Noise Level, Load Noise Level, Idle Power Consumption and 1 more

GPUBoss Score

Gaming, Benchmarks, Compute Performance and Noise and Power

Winner
AMD Radeon HD 7870 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 7870  based on its compute performance.

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Front view of Radeon HD 7870

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 2,272 Around 10.2x better 3DMark06 score
Better passmark score 4,261 vs 1,929 Around 2.2x better passmark score
Better 3DMark vantage texture fill score 72.1 vs 25.24 More than 2.8x better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 23,592 vs 9,923 Around 2.5x better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 900 MHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Better floating-point performance 2,560 GFLOPS vs 691.2 GFLOPS Around 3.8x better floating-point performance
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Significantly higher pixel rate 32 GPixel/s vs 7.2 GPixel/s Around 4.5x higher pixel rate
Higher texture rate 80 GTexel/s vs 28.8 GTexel/s More than 2.8x higher texture rate
Higher memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s vs 98.5 GB/s More than 55% higher memory bandwidth
Higher effective memory clock speed 4,800 MHz vs 4,104 MHz More than 15% higher effective memory clock speed
More shading units 1,280 vs 192 1088 more shading units
Much better CLBenchmark raytrace score 200,951 vs 48,088 Around 4.2x better CLBenchmark raytrace score
Significantly better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 16,500 vs 3,800 More than 4.2x better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score
Significantly better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score 221.6 vs 125.1 More than 75% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score
Significantly higher batman: arkham city framerate 71 fps vs 25 fps More than 2.8x higher batman: arkham city framerate
Significantly higher civilization 5 framerate 80.3 fps vs 38.8 fps More than 2x higher civilization 5 framerate
Significantly higher crysis: warhead framerate 44.2 fps vs 17.7 fps Around 2.5x higher crysis: warhead framerate
Significantly higher battlefield 3 framerate 78.8 fps vs 31.4 fps More than 2.5x higher battlefield 3 framerate
Significantly better passmark direct compute score 2,274 vs 803 More than 2.8x better passmark direct compute score
More texture mapping units 80 vs 32 48 more texture mapping units
More energy-efficient idle power consumption 108W vs 114W More than 5% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
More render output processors 32 vs 24 8 more render output processors
Higher memory clock speed 1,200 MHz vs 1,026 MHz More than 15% higher memory clock speed
Slightly quieter idle noise level 39.5 dB vs 40 dB Almost the same
Wider memory bus 256 bit vs 192 bit Around 35% wider memory bus
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Significantly better 3DMark 11 graphics score 15,553 vs 6,194 More than 2.5x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Significantly quieter load noise level 41.2 dB vs 48.8 dB More than 15% quieter load noise level
Lower TDP 116W vs 175W Around 35% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7870 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Passmark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performance

3DMark 11, as the name might probably suggest, makes use of the Microsoft DirectX 11 API and puts every feature of it to use, creating astonishingly realistic visuals.
Radeon HD 7870 | by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2012)

3DMark Vantage (Texture Fill) Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX performance

3DMark 11 Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 11 GPU performance

Batman: Arkham City 1920x1200 - Extreme quality + FXAA-HIGH

Batman: Arkham City uses the same Unreal Engine by Epic as Batman: Arkham Asylum, but it has, thanks to the engine's modularity, been overhauled and equipped with the latest technologies, including a graphics engine that takes advantage of DirectX 11.
Radeon HD 7870 | by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2012)

SmallLux GPU 2.0d4 Measures compute performance using OpenCL to do 3D rendering

Passmark Direct Compute Measures performance of general-purpose computing using Microsoft DirectCompute

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7870  vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti 

8.9
8.8
Looking at performance-per-watt in games, the HD 7870 jokerCard is the least power-efficient card from AMD.
Radeon HD 7870

Comments

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I always love my Gigabyte GTX 550 TI Windforce 2 1G....Overclock at 1182/2364/2442 (7/24) without anyproblem...no overload or corupt pixel on game...I already running my gpu on this setting for about almost 1 1/2 years now.. :D nice product from gigabyte stable n awesome for gtx 550 ti..
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