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

6.9

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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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
Much better PassMark score 3,781 vs 1,719 Around 2.2x better PassMark score
Higher memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s vs 80.2 GB/s More than 90% higher memory bandwidth
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 21,507 vs 18,276.5 Around 20% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Better floating-point performance 2,176 GFLOPS vs 1,305.6 GFLOPS More than 65% better floating-point performance
Significantly better face detection score 51.64 mPixels/s vs 22.83 mPixels/s More than 2.2x better face detection score
Higher texture rate 68 GTexel/s vs 40.8 GTexel/s More than 65% higher texture rate
More shading units 1,280 vs 640 Twice as many shading units
Higher pixel rate 27.2 GPixel/s vs 16.32 GPixel/s More than 65% higher pixel rate
More texture mapping units 80 vs 40 Twice as many texture mapping units
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
Better cloud gate factor score 20.84 vs 17.52 Around 20% better cloud gate factor score
Better PassMark direct compute score 1,970 vs 1,593 Around 25% better PassMark direct compute score
Higher crysis 3 framerate 20.3 fps vs 18.75 fps Around 10% higher crysis 3 framerate
Slightly higher metro: last light framerate 31 vs 27.85 More than 10% higher metro: last light framerate
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
Much better T-Rex score 3,359.92 vs 3,339.58 Almost the same
Higher clock speed 1,020 MHz vs 850 MHz 20% higher clock speed
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
257.3 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 860M
162.83 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970M
51.64 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
3,359.92

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970M
3,713.82
GeForce GTX 860M
3,719.08

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 4

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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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