GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7970 vs 670

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

Winner
AMD Radeon HD 7970 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 7970  based on its 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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More memory 3,072 MB vs 2,048 MB 50% more memory
Better 3DMark vantage texture fill score 107.55 vs 86 More than 25% better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
Better floating-point performance 3,789 GFLOPS vs 2,460 GFLOPS Around 55% better floating-point performance
Higher memory bandwidth 264 GB/s vs 192.3 GB/s More than 35% higher memory bandwidth
Much better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 23,600 vs 7,000 More than 3.2x better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score
Quieter idle noise level 40.2 dB vs 42.5 dB More than 5% quieter idle noise level
More shading units 2,048 vs 1,344 704 more shading units
Slightly higher texture rate 118.4 GTexel/s vs 102.5 GTexel/s More than 15% higher texture rate
Better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score 265.8 vs 210.8 More than 25% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score
Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus
Front view of GeForce GTX 670

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 670

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More energy-efficient load power consumption 330W vs 391W More than 15% more energy-efficient load power consumption
Higher effective memory clock speed 6,008 MHz vs 5,500 MHz Around 10% higher effective memory clock speed
Quieter load noise level 51.2 dB vs 55.2 dB More than 5% quieter load noise level
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 83.7 fps vs 70.4 fps Around 20% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Higher memory clock speed 1,502 MHz vs 1,375 MHz Around 10% higher memory clock speed
Slightly higher battlefield 3 framerate 109.4 fps vs 100.5 fps Around 10% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Lower TDP 170W vs 250W More than 30% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7970 vs GeForce GTX 670

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

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 670
109.4 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 670
88.6 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)

BioShock Infinite 1920 x 1080 - Ultra preset + DX11 (DDOF)

Radeon HD 7970
70.4 fps
GeForce GTX 670
83.7 fps

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

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7970  vs GeForce GTX 670 

8.8
9.7
While overclocking is probably not what most system builders of small form-factor systems have in mind, I can happily report that overclocking works just as well as on any other "big" GTX 670.
GeForce GTX 670

Comments

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Just the games mentioned here but keep in mind those are all Nvidia optimized.
so gtx 670 vs hd 7970 who better for gaming
It's very surprising to see that the 670 outperforms the 7970 even though it has 1 GB less ram and that some of the game benchmarks are above 1080p! Very surprising indeed!
So the GTX670 has higher FPS in each game tested, yet GPU Boss declares the HD7970 the winner because it has higher test scores ? That's like rewarding theory over proven fact . I thought the idea here was to improve game play ...
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