GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7970 vs 660

Gaming

Real world tests using the latest 3D games

Crysis: Warhead (2012), Batman: Arkham City, battlefield 3 (2013) and 2 more

Benchmarks

Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

3DMark Vantage Texture Fill

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 and Civilization 5 Texture Decomposition (2012)

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

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AMD Radeon HD 7970 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 7970  based on its gaming and compute performance.

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AMD Radeon HD 7970

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Front view of Radeon HD 7970

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 7970

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 7970

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Better 3DMark vantage texture fill score 107.55 vs 65.3 Around 65% better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
Higher memory bandwidth 264 GB/s vs 144.2 GB/s Around 85% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 3,789 GFLOPS vs 1,882 GFLOPS More than 2x better floating-point performance
More memory 3,072 MB vs 2,048 MB 50% more memory
Higher texture rate 118.4 GTexel/s vs 78.4 GTexel/s More than 50% higher texture rate
Much better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 23,600 vs 5,000 Around 4.8x better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score
More shading units 2,048 vs 960 1088 more shading units
Higher pixel rate 29.6 GPixel/s vs 19.6 GPixel/s More than 50% higher pixel rate
Significantly better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score 265.8 vs 186.3 Around 45% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score
More texture mapping units 128 vs 80 48 more texture mapping units
Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 192 bit 2x wider memory bus
More render output processors 32 vs 24 8 more render output processors
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 54.7 fps vs 39.6 fps Around 40% higher crysis: warhead framerate
Higher batman: arkham city framerate 94 fps vs 75 fps More than 25% higher batman: arkham city framerate
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 100.5 fps vs 82.5 fps More than 20% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Quieter idle noise level 40.2 dB vs 40.8 dB Almost the same
Higher civilization 5 framerate 81.9 fps vs 72.2 fps Around 15% higher civilization 5 framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 660

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 660

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Higher clock speed 980 MHz vs 925 MHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Significantly more energy-efficient load power consumption 296W vs 391W Around 25% more energy-efficient load power consumption
Significantly quieter load noise level 47.4 dB vs 55.2 dB Around 15% quieter load noise level
Higher effective memory clock speed 6,008 MHz vs 5,500 MHz Around 10% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,502 MHz vs 1,375 MHz Around 10% higher memory clock speed
Lower TDP 140W vs 250W Around 45% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7970 vs GeForce GTX 660

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

3DMark 11, as the name might probably suggest, makes use of the Microsoft DirectX 11 API and puts every feature of it at its disposal to use, creating astonishingly realistic visuals.
GeForce GTX 660 | by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2012)

Crysis: Warhead (2012) 1920x1200 - Frost Bench - Enthusiast Quality + 4xAA

Radeon HD 7970
54.7 fps
GeForce GTX 660
37.1 fps
After the tremendous success of Far Cry, the German game studio Crytek released their latest shooter Crysis in 2007.
Radeon HD 7970 | by techPowerUp! (Jul, 2012)

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

Batman: Arkham City uses the same Unreal Engine by Epic as Batman: Arkham Asylum does, but thanks to the engine's modularity, it has been overhauled, being outfitted with the latest technologies, including a graphics engine that takes advantage of DirectX 11.
Radeon HD 7970 | by techPowerUp! (Jul, 2012)

Battlefield 3 (2013) 1920x1080 - Ultra quality + FXAA-HIGH

Radeon HD 7970
100.5 fps
GeForce GTX 660
82.5 fps
The game has been tuned to run well on most computer systems, to let as many players as possible experience the game.
Radeon HD 7970 | by techPowerUp! (Jul, 2012)

Civilization 5 1680x1050 - Maximum quality + 4xMSAA

Radeon HD 7970
81.9 fps
GeForce GTX 660
72.2 fps
For gaming we see spectacular values, especially with performance taken into account.
Radeon HD 7970 | by techPowerUp! (Dec, 2011)

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

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7970  vs GeForce GTX 660 

8.8
9.0
This isn't just a game - it's a masterpiece - a very large sandbox game that rejects the quality-quantity inverse proportionality.
GeForce GTX 660

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