GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7870 vs 660 Ti

Gaming

Real world tests using the latest 3D games

crysis: warhead (2013), Crysis: Warhead (2012), Batman: Arkham City and 4 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 (2013) and 3 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

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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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Higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 915 MHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Quieter idle noise level 39.5 dB vs 41.8 dB More than 5% quieter idle noise level
Significantly better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 16,500 vs 6,200 Around 2.8x better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score
Slightly higher pixel rate 32 GPixel/s vs 25.6 GPixel/s Around 25% higher pixel rate
More energy-efficient load power consumption 295W vs 318W More than 5% more energy-efficient load power consumption
Better CLBenchmark raytrace score 200,951 vs 134,925 Around 50% better CLBenchmark raytrace score
More render output processors 32 vs 24 8 more render output processors
Better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score 221.6 vs 179.5 Around 25% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score
Wider memory bus 256 bit vs 192 bit Around 35% wider memory bus
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Higher effective memory clock speed 6,008 MHz vs 4,800 MHz More than 25% higher effective memory clock speed
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 27,687 vs 23,592 More than 15% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Slightly better 3DMark vantage texture fill score 86.4 vs 72.1 Around 20% better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
Better 3DMark 11 graphics score 8,415 vs 6,194 More than 35% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Higher texture rate 102.5 GTexel/s vs 80 GTexel/s Around 30% higher texture rate
Higher memory clock speed 1,502 MHz vs 1,200 MHz More than 25% higher memory clock speed
Higher dead space 3 framerate 159.2 fps vs 133 fps Around 20% higher dead space 3 framerate
More texture mapping units 112 vs 80 32 more texture mapping units
Higher diablo III framerate 217.7 fps vs 163.4 fps Around 35% higher diablo III framerate
Higher call of duty: modern warfare 3 framerate 128.1 fps vs 114 fps More than 10% higher call of duty: modern warfare 3 framerate
Higher far cry 3 framerate 37.3 fps vs 29.7 fps More than 25% higher far cry 3 framerate
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 96.9 fps vs 78.8 fps Around 25% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Slightly higher batman: arkham city framerate 79 fps vs 71 fps More than 10% higher batman: arkham city framerate
Slightly lower TDP 150W vs 175W Around 15% lower TDP

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

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

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)

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7870  vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti 

8.9
9.5
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 Ti

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