GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7870 vs 5850


Real world tests using the latest 3D games

Crysis: Warhead (2012), Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3 (2012) and 1 more


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 (2012) 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

No winner declared

Too close to call

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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 higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 725 MHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Significantly better 3DMark06 score 23,230 vs 15,598 Around 50% better 3DMark06 score
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 23,592 vs 14,028 Around 70% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Better PassMark score 4,292 vs 2,255 More than 90% better PassMark score
Better 3DMark vantage texture fill score 72.1 vs 48.23 Around 50% better 3DMark vantage texture fill 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
Slightly better 3DMark 11 graphics score 6,194 vs 3,401 More than 80% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Much higher diablo III framerate 163.4 fps vs 91.4 fps Around 80% higher diablo III framerate
More energy-efficient idle power consumption 108W vs 117W Around 10% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Higher memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s vs 128 GB/s Around 20% higher memory bandwidth
Quieter idle noise level 39.5 dB vs 42.5 dB More than 5% quieter idle noise level
Significantly better CLBenchmark raytrace score 200,951 vs 79,107 More than 2.5x better CLBenchmark raytrace score
Higher texture rate 80 GTexel/s vs 52.2 GTexel/s Around 55% higher texture rate
Significantly higher civilization 5 framerate 80.3 fps vs 39.9 fps More than 2x higher civilization 5 framerate
Quieter load noise level 48.8 dB vs 52.7 dB More than 5% quieter load noise level
Significantly better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score 221.6 vs 132 Around 70% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score
Slightly higher pixel rate 32 GPixel/s vs 23.2 GPixel/s Around 40% higher pixel rate
Higher batman: arkham city framerate 71 fps vs 26 fps Around 2.8x higher batman: arkham city framerate
Better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 16,500 vs 9,600 More than 70% better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 78.8 fps vs 40.2 fps More than 95% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 44.2 fps vs 27.9 fps Around 60% higher crysis: warhead framerate
Better PassMark direct compute score 2,307 vs 1,118 More than 2x better PassMark direct compute score
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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Slightly lower TDP 151W vs 175W Around 15% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7870 vs 5850

PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performanceData courtesy Passmark

3DMark Vantage (Texture Fill) Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX performance

3DMark 11 Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 11 GPU performance

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

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

GFXBench 3.0 (T-Rex)

Radeon HD 7870
Radeon HD 5850

GFXBench 3.0 (Manhattan)

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