GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7870 vs 960 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

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

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

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

7.5

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960  based on its benchmarks, compute performance and noise and power.

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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 10,767.5 Around 2.2x better 3DMark06 score
Higher memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s More than 35% higher memory bandwidth
Wider memory bus 256 bit vs 128 bit 2x wider memory bus
More shading units 1,280 vs 1,024 256 more shading units
More texture mapping units 80 vs 64 16 more texture mapping units
Front view of GeForce GTX 960

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 32,987 vs 6,194 More than 5.2x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 4,800 MHz More than 45% higher effective memory clock speed
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 32,171 vs 23,592 More than 35% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Better PassMark score 5,813 vs 4,339 Around 35% better PassMark score
Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 1,000 MHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much higher battlefield 3 framerate 80 vs 38.6 More than 2x higher battlefield 3 framerate
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,200 MHz More than 45% higher memory clock speed
Higher crysis 3 framerate 36.1 fps vs 25.8 fps Around 40% higher crysis 3 framerate
Better face detection score 69.13 mPixels/s vs 55.45 mPixels/s Around 25% better face detection score
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,046 vs 2,360 Around 30% better PassMark direct compute score
Lower TDP 120W vs 175W More than 30% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7870 vs GeForce GTX 960

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
294.21 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
55.45 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
1,221.5 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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