GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7970 vs 7870 among GPUs between $200 and $400

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Sky Diver Factor and Fire Strike Factor

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.9

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon HD 7970 

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

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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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Significantly higher memory bandwidth 264 GB/s vs 153.6 GB/s More than 70% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 3,789 GFLOPS vs 2,560 GFLOPS Around 50% better floating-point performance
More memory 3,072 MB vs 2,048 MB 50% more memory
Higher effective memory clock speed 5,500 MHz vs 4,800 MHz Around 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher texture rate 118.4 GTexel/s vs 80 GTexel/s Around 50% higher texture rate
More shading units 2,048 vs 1,280 768 more shading units
More texture mapping units 128 vs 80 48 more texture mapping units
Better T-Rex score 8.62 frames/s vs 5.9 frames/s More than 45% better T-Rex score
Better fire strike factor score 75.74 vs 60.16 More than 25% better fire strike factor score
More compute units 32 vs 20 12 more compute units
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 100.5 fps vs 78.8 fps Around 30% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Higher memory clock speed 1,375 MHz vs 1,200 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 54.7 fps vs 44.2 fps Around 25% higher crysis: warhead framerate
Front view of Radeon HD 7870

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Much more energy-efficient idle power consumption 108W vs 113W Around 5% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 925 MHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Significantly lower TDP 175W vs 250W 30% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7970 vs 7870

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970
447.28 mHash/s
Radeon HD 7870
294.21 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970
49.05 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 7870
60.71 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970
262.19 frames/s
Radeon HD 7870
952.67 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970
107.29 mInteraction/s
Radeon HD 7870
339.8 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970
8.62 frames/s
Radeon HD 7870
5.9 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7970  vs 7870 

8.8
8.8
The core of the HD 7970 GHz Edition is clocked as high as 1000 MHz, with a Boost frequency of 1050 MHz; while the memory is upped to 1500 MHz (actual) or 6.00 GHz (GDDR5 effective), resulting in a staggering 288 GB/s bandwidth thanks to the 384-bit wide memory interface.
Radeon HD 7970

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