GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7870 vs 550 Ti among Desktop GPUs


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

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


Overall Score

AMD Radeon HD 7870 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 7870  based on its 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 2,272 Around 10.2x better 3DMark06 score
Better PassMark score 4,339 vs 1,926 More than 2.2x better PassMark score
Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 23,592 vs 9,923 Around 2.5x better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Much higher battlefield 3 framerate 78.8 fps vs 31.4 fps More than 2.5x higher battlefield 3 framerate
Higher memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s vs 98.5 GB/s More than 55% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 2,560 GFLOPS vs 691.2 GFLOPS Around 3.8x better floating-point performance
Higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 900 MHz More than 10% higher clock speed
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
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
Significantly better fire strike factor score 50.19 vs 17.07 Around 3x better fire strike factor score
Significantly more shading units 1,280 vs 192 1088 more shading units
Higher effective memory clock speed 4,800 MHz vs 4,104 MHz More than 15% higher effective memory clock speed
More texture mapping units 80 vs 32 48 more texture mapping units
Better ocean surface simulation score 952.67 frames/s vs 549.91 frames/s Around 75% better ocean surface simulation score
More render output processors 32 vs 24 8 more render output processors
Better PassMark direct compute score 2,360 vs 822 More than 2.8x better PassMark direct compute score
Higher memory clock speed 1,200 MHz vs 1,026 MHz More than 15% higher memory clock speed
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Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Better 3DMark 11 graphics score 15,553 vs 6,194 More than 2.5x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 47 vs 38.6 More than 20% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Lower TDP 116W vs 175W Around 35% lower TDP

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

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
294.21 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
44.32 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
60.71 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
18.53 mPixels/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

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Radeon HD 7870  vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti 

The HD 7870 is a very efficient design, so the jokerCard with its Tahiti processor doesn't do well.
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this is complete BULLSHYT ... 550ti beating 7870 on BF3/4 .... biased on every corner
I always love my Gigabyte GTX 550 TI Windforce 2 1G....Overclock at 1182/2364/2442 (7/24) without 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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