GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7950 Boost vs 6970

Gaming

Real world tests using the latest 3D games

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

Benchmarks

Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

Passmark and 3DMark Vantage Texture Fill

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4, Civilization 5 Texture Decomposition (2012) and 1 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

Winner
AMD Radeon HD 7950 Boost 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 7950 Boost  based on its gaming and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 7950 Boost

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 7950 Boost

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Better passmark score 4,666 vs 3,483 Around 35% better passmark score
More memory 3,072 MB vs 2,048 MB 50% more memory
Higher memory bandwidth 240 GB/s vs 176 GB/s More than 35% higher memory bandwidth
Slightly better 3DMark vantage texture fill score 86.4 vs 73.43 Around 20% better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
Quieter idle noise level 40.7 dB vs 42.7 dB Around 5% quieter idle noise level
More energy-efficient load power consumption 340W vs 370W Around 10% more energy-efficient load power consumption
More energy-efficient idle power consumption 112W vs 120W More than 5% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Significantly better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score 229.3 vs 163.7 More than 40% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 89.6 fps vs 55.1 fps Around 65% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Better passmark direct compute score 2,627 vs 1,382 More than 90% better passmark direct compute score
Higher civilization 5 framerate 82.4 fps vs 54.6 fps More than 50% higher civilization 5 framerate
Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 53.8 fps vs 39.1 fps Around 40% higher crysis: warhead framerate
Better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 18,100 vs 13,500 Around 35% better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score
Higher batman: arkham city framerate 82 fps vs 67 fps More than 20% higher batman: arkham city framerate
Lower TDP 200W vs 250W 20% lower TDP
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Higher effective memory clock speed 5,500 MHz vs 5,000 MHz 10% higher effective memory clock speed
Quieter load noise level 53.2 dB vs 55.6 dB Around 5% quieter load noise level
Higher memory clock speed 1,375 MHz vs 1,250 MHz 10% higher memory clock speed

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7950 Boost vs 6970

Passmark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performance

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

Batman: Arkham City 1920x1200 - Extreme quality + FXAA-HIGH

We see good performance scaling in most titles of our test suite, except for Batman Arkham City and Elder Scrolls Skyrim.
Radeon HD 7950 Boost | by techPowerUp! (Jan, 2012)

Civilization 5 1680x1050 - Maximum quality + 4xMSAA

Boost and overclock out of the box will only affect gaming power-draw.
Radeon HD 7950 Boost | by techPowerUp! (Nov, 2012)

SmallLux GPU 2.0d4 Measures compute performance using OpenCL to do 3D rendering

Passmark Direct Compute Measures performance of general-purpose computing using Microsoft DirectCompute

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7950 Boost  vs 6970 

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8.2
When using two or more HD 7950 cards in CrossFire without gaming, only one card will be running, while the other cards are in AMD's new ZeroCore power state, during which they consume only about 1 Watt of power and the fan is disabled.
Radeon HD 7950 Boost

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