GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7870 vs 5850 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

7.7

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon HD 7870 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 7870  based on its gaming, 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 3DMark vantage texture fill score 72.1 vs 48.23 Around 50% better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
Much more energy-efficient idle power consumption 108W vs 117W Around 10% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Much better 3DMark06 score 23,230 vs 15,598 Around 50% better 3DMark06 score
Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 23,592 vs 14,028 Around 70% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 725 MHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Better PassMark score 4,303 vs 2,252 More than 90% better PassMark score
Better 3DMark 11 graphics score 6,194 vs 3,401 More than 80% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Higher effective memory clock speed 4,800 MHz vs 4,000 MHz 20% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s vs 128 GB/s Around 20% higher memory bandwidth
Higher texture rate 80 GTexel/s vs 52.2 GTexel/s Around 55% higher texture rate
Better fire strike factor score 60.72 vs 33.48 More than 80% better fire strike factor score
Significantly better CLBenchmark raytrace score 200,951 vs 79,107 More than 2.5x better CLBenchmark raytrace score
Slightly higher pixel rate 32 GPixel/s vs 23.2 GPixel/s Around 40% higher pixel rate
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 78.8 fps vs 40.2 fps More than 95% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Higher diablo III framerate 163.4 fps vs 91.4 fps Around 80% higher diablo III framerate
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 44.2 fps vs 27.9 fps Around 60% higher crysis: warhead framerate
Higher memory clock speed 1,200 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 20% higher memory clock speed
Front view of Radeon HD 5850

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ATi Radeon HD 5850

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Much higher battlefield 3 framerate 70 vs 38.6 More than 80% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Lower TDP 151W vs 175W Around 15% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7870 vs 5850

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
55.45 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 5850
16.47 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
1,220.98 frames/s
Radeon HD 5850
1,109.61 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
292.57 mInteraction/s
Radeon HD 5850
227.55 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
3,359.57
Radeon HD 5850
3,354.68

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 3

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7870  vs 5850 

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i found this info INACCURATE about 7870 .... im running BF3 @ 120+ FPS max settings ... that 38 fps is absolute BS
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