GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7970 vs 7870

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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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 72.1 Around 50% better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
Higher memory bandwidth 264 GB/s vs 153.6 GB/s More than 70% higher memory bandwidth
More memory 3,072 MB vs 2,048 MB 50% more memory
Better floating-point performance 3,789 GFLOPS vs 2,560 GFLOPS Around 50% better floating-point performance
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
More compute units 32 vs 20 12 more compute units
Better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score 23,600 vs 16,500 Around 45% better SmallLuxGPU 2.0d4 score
Higher batman: arkham city framerate 94 fps vs 71 fps More than 30% higher batman: arkham city framerate
Better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score 265.8 vs 221.6 Around 20% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2012) score
Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus
Higher memory clock speed 1,375 MHz vs 1,200 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Higher battlefield 3 framerate 100.5 fps vs 78.8 fps Around 30% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 54.7 fps vs 44.2 fps Around 25% higher crysis: warhead framerate
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Higher clock speed 1,000 MHz vs 925 MHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Significantly more energy-efficient load power consumption 295W vs 391W Around 25% more energy-efficient load power consumption
Significantly quieter load noise level 48.8 dB vs 55.2 dB More than 10% quieter load noise level
More energy-efficient idle power consumption 108W vs 113W Around 5% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Quieter idle noise level 39.5 dB vs 40.2 dB Almost the same
Lower TDP 175W vs 250W 30% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7970 vs 7870

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

Radeon HD 7970 Radeon HD 7870 @ anandtech.com
3DMark 11, as the name might probably suggest, makes use of the Microsoft DirectX 11 API and puts every feature of it to use, creating astonishingly realistic visuals.
Radeon HD 7870 | by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2012)

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

Radeon HD 7970
54.7 fps
Radeon HD 7870
39.9 fps
Radeon HD 7970 Radeon HD 7870 @ anandtech.com
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

Radeon HD 7970 Radeon HD 7870 @ anandtech.com
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
Radeon HD 7870
78.8 fps
Radeon HD 7970 Radeon HD 7870 @ anandtech.com
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
Radeon HD 7870
80.3 fps
Radeon HD 7970 Radeon HD 7870 @ anandtech.com
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

Radeon HD 7970 Radeon HD 7870 @ anandtech.com

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon HD 7970  vs 7870 

8.8
8.8
This power configuration is good for up to 375 W of power draw.
Radeon HD 7970

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