GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7870 vs 660 among Desktop GPUs


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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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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 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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Better 3DMark06 score 23,230 vs 18,060 Around 30% better 3DMark06 score
Higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 823 MHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Better floating-point performance 2,560 GFLOPS vs 1,896.2 GFLOPS More than 35% better floating-point performance
Higher pixel rate 32 GPixel/s vs 19.75 GPixel/s More than 60% higher pixel rate
Better video composition score 64.46 frames/s vs 35.42 frames/s More than 80% better video composition score
Better fire strike factor score 50.19 vs 44.27 Around 15% better fire strike factor score
Slightly better PassMark direct compute score 2,360 vs 1,948 More than 20% better PassMark direct compute score
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Much better manhattan score 12,983.16 vs 3,714.8 Around 3.5x better manhattan score
Higher effective memory clock speed 5,600 MHz vs 4,800 MHz More than 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 179.2 GB/s vs 153.6 GB/s More than 15% higher memory bandwidth
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 50 vs 38.6 Around 30% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Higher memory clock speed 1,400 MHz vs 1,200 MHz More than 15% higher memory clock speed
More texture mapping units 96 vs 80 16 more texture mapping units
Lower TDP 130W vs 175W More than 25% lower TDP

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

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
294.21 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 660
67.94 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
55.45 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 660
30.41 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
1,221.5 frames/s
GeForce GTX 660
706.33 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
GeForce GTX 660

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
GeForce GTX 660

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 3

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Radeon HD 7870  vs GeForce GTX 660 

The game has been tuned to run well on most computer systems to let as many players as possible experience the game.
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Mine runs fine, even had it overclocked for a while but the air was melting my side panel window.
And that actually happened. The crimsom drivers' bugs killed a lot of cards. It fried the VRAM of my 7870.
Do you have evidence for this? Just asking.
If that is the case, why is it that my wife is using an ATI Radeon 850XT fine in 2014? Sorry, if you had a bad experience, that in no way means your claim is the rule or common and my wife's computer disproves your greatly over generalized claim. I think it's user error.
yeah, this site is a joke. The 7870 beat their pet nvidia card in the vast majority of benchmarks and all they can say is something about it's power consumption? I guess performance doesn't mean anything here.
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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