GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7870 vs 660


Real world tests using the latest 3D games

crysis: warhead (2013), Crysis: Warhead (2012), Batman: Arkham City and 4 more


Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

Passmark and 3DMark Vantage Texture Fill

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4, Civilization 5 Texture Decomposition (2013) 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

AMD Radeon HD 7870 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 7870  based on its 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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Higher pixel rate 32 GPixel/s vs 19.6 GPixel/s Around 65% higher pixel rate
Better floating-point performance 2,560 GFLOPS vs 1,882 GFLOPS More than 35% better floating-point performance
Significantly better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 16,500 vs 5,000 More than 3.2x better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score
More render output processors 32 vs 24 8 more render output processors
Quieter idle noise level 39.5 dB vs 40.8 dB Around 5% quieter idle noise level
More shading units 1,280 vs 960 320 more shading units
Better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score 221.6 vs 186.3 Around 20% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score
Wider memory bus 256 bit vs 192 bit Around 35% wider memory bus
Slightly better passmark direct compute score 2,279 vs 1,938 Around 20% better passmark direct compute score
Slightly higher civilization 5 framerate 80.3 fps vs 72.2 fps More than 10% higher civilization 5 framerate
Slightly higher crysis: warhead framerate 44.2 fps vs 39.6 fps More than 10% higher crysis: warhead framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 660

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 660

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Higher effective memory clock speed 6,008 MHz vs 4,800 MHz More than 25% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,502 MHz vs 1,200 MHz More than 25% higher memory clock speed
Quieter load noise level 47.4 dB vs 48.8 dB Around 5% quieter load noise level
Lower TDP 140W vs 175W 20% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7870 vs GeForce GTX 660

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

Crysis: Warhead (2013) 1920x1080 - Enthusiast Quality + 4xAA

Radeon HD 7870
44.2 fps
GeForce GTX 660
39.6 fps
Since Crysis 2 is a multi-platform game with major development focus on the console, the graphics on launch day were only DirectX 9.
Radeon HD 7870 | by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2012)

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)

Far Cry 3 1920 x 1080 - Ultra Quality + 4x MSAA + Enh. AtoC

A few months after the launch, the game was transformed into a Play4Free branded game.
Radeon HD 7870 | by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2012)

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

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7870  vs GeForce GTX 660 

This isn't just a game - it's a masterpiece - a very large sandbox game that rejects the quality-quantity inverse proportionality.
GeForce GTX 660


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All AMD GPUs are seeing an increase in price due to supply and demand. People are buying them like crazy due to bitcoin mining.
7870ghz went from $150 to $250
The only problem is the 7870 will artifact 2-3 years later when AMD adjusts the catalyst drivers to make them artifact, They do this now with the 5000 series and older, to trick you into thinking you need a new card, But if you get the 660 2-3 years later you will be fine.
Only problem is amd will adjust the catalyst drivers 2-3 years from now to make the 7000 series cards artifact like they do withh all older cards to trick you into thinking it went bad, But if you buy the 660 2-3 years later it will be perfect.
The 7870 is not only a great deal cheaper, it matches and outperforms the 660ti and has exceptional overclocking abilities. It's a no-brainer. The 7870ghz, even though sporting the Pitcairn core, is the real gem of the 7-series. Best bang for the buck out there.
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