GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7870 vs 6950 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

5.8

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon HD 7870 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 7870  based on its benchmarks, compute performance and noise and power.

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AMD Radeon HD 7870

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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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Better 3DMark06 score 23,230 vs 19,760 Around 20% better 3DMark06 score
Better PassMark score 4,339 vs 3,192 More than 35% better PassMark score
Higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 880 MHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Slightly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 23,592 vs 20,890 Around 15% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Better fire strike factor score 50.19 vs 35.2 Around 45% better fire strike factor score
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 38.6 vs 30 Around 30% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Better PassMark direct compute score 2,360 vs 1,261 More than 85% better PassMark direct compute score
Lower TDP 175W vs 200W Around 15% lower TDP
Front view of Radeon HD 6950

Reasons to consider the
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950

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Higher effective memory clock speed 5,200 MHz vs 4,800 MHz Around 10% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,300 MHz vs 1,200 MHz Around 10% higher memory clock speed

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7870 vs 6950

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
294.21 mHash/s
Radeon HD 6950
251.55 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
55.45 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 6950
17.01 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
3,352.76
Radeon HD 6950
3,358.26

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
3,714.8
Radeon HD 6950
3,714.44

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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