GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7970M vs 860M among Laptop GPUs over 35W TDP

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

7.3

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon HD 7970M 

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

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AMD Radeon HD 7970M

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Front view of Radeon HD 7970M

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 7970M

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 7970M

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Much better 3DMark06 score 22,370.5 vs 4,902 More than 4.5x better 3DMark06 score
Better PassMark score 3,766 vs 1,674 Around 2.2x better PassMark score
Significantly higher memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s vs 80 GB/s More than 90% higher memory bandwidth
Higher clock speed 850 MHz vs 797 MHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 21,507 vs 18,276.5 Around 20% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
More render output processors 32 vs 16 Twice as many render output processors
Significantly wider memory bus 256 bit vs 128 bit 2x wider memory bus
Higher pixel rate 27.2 GPixel/s vs 19.13 GPixel/s More than 40% higher pixel rate
Slightly better floating-point performance 2,176 GFLOPS vs 1,836.3 GFLOPS Around 20% better floating-point performance
Better face detection score 51.14 mPixels/s vs 22.83 mPixels/s Around 2.2x better face detection score
Front view of GeForce GTX 860M

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M

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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 23,220.5 vs 5,645 More than 4x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
More texture mapping units 96 vs 80 16 more texture mapping units
Better manhattan score 2,783.46 vs 2,350.05 Around 20% better manhattan score
Higher diablo III framerate 105.24 fps vs 94.1 fps More than 10% higher diablo III framerate
Lower TDP 75W vs 100W 25% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7970M vs GeForce GTX 860M

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970M
254.36 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 860M
162.81 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970M
51.14 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 860M
22.83 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970M
3,339.58
GeForce GTX 860M
2,687.47

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970M
2,350.05
GeForce GTX 860M
2,783.46

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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the 860M's median 3Dmark 11 score is actually 4902, not 22000 (that was a 3DMark Vantage score)
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