GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7870 vs 550 Ti among Desktop GPUs for under $200


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


T-Rex, Manhattan and Cloud Gate Factor


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 30 more


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 30 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 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 2,272 Around 10.2x better 3DMark06 score
Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 23,592 vs 9,923 Around 2.5x better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Better 3DMark vantage texture fill score 72.1 vs 25.24 More than 2.8x better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
Better PassMark score 4,300 vs 1,924 Around 2.2x better PassMark 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
Higher memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s vs 98.5 GB/s More than 55% higher memory bandwidth
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
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Significantly better cloud gate factor score 19.73 vs 13.73 Around 45% better cloud gate factor score
Much better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 16,500 vs 3,800 More than 4.2x better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score
Higher effective memory clock speed 4,800 MHz vs 4,104 MHz More than 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Much better CLBenchmark raytrace score 200,951 vs 48,088 Around 4.2x better CLBenchmark raytrace score
More shading units 1,280 vs 192 1088 more shading units
Significantly better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score 221.6 vs 125.1 More than 75% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score
More texture mapping units 80 vs 32 48 more texture mapping units
Significantly higher civilization 5 framerate 80.3 fps vs 38.8 fps More than 2x higher civilization 5 framerate
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 44.2 fps vs 17.7 fps Around 2.5x higher crysis: warhead framerate
Higher batman: arkham city framerate 71 fps vs 25 fps More than 2.8x higher batman: arkham city framerate
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 78.8 fps vs 31.4 fps More than 2.5x higher battlefield 3 framerate
More energy-efficient idle power consumption 108W vs 114W More than 5% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Better PassMark direct compute score 2,305 vs 795 Around 3x better PassMark direct compute score
Better manhattan score 3,717 vs 3,539.52 More than 5% better manhattan score
Better particle simulation score 292.57 mInteraction/s vs 127.7 mInteraction/s More than 2.2x better particle simulation score
Slightly 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
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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
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
316.67 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
31.55 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
55.45 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
16.57 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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Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7870  vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti 

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


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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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