GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 8970M vs 6970M 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

6.5

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon HD 8970M 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 8970M  based on its benchmarks.

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Front view of Radeon HD 8970M

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 8970M

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 8970M

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Much better 3DMark06 score 18,211.5 vs 2,818.5 Around 6.5x better 3DMark06 score
Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 20,876 vs 11,499 More than 80% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Significantly more memory 4,096 MB vs 1,024 MB 4x more memory
Higher clock speed 850 MHz vs 680 MHz 25% higher clock speed
Much higher diablo III framerate 115.8 fps vs 64.6 fps Around 80% higher diablo III framerate
Better floating-point performance 2,304 GFLOPS vs 1,305.6 GFLOPS More than 75% better floating-point performance
Higher effective memory clock speed 4,800 MHz vs 3,600 MHz Around 35% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s vs 115.2 GB/s Around 35% higher memory bandwidth
Higher texture rate 72 GTexel/s vs 32.6 GTexel/s Around 2.2x higher texture rate
Significantly better particle simulation score 364.36 mInteraction/s vs 180.17 mInteraction/s More than 2x better particle simulation score
More texture mapping units 80 vs 48 32 more texture mapping units
More compute units 20 vs 12 8 more compute units
Slightly higher pixel rate 28.8 GPixel/s vs 21.76 GPixel/s More than 30% higher pixel rate
Higher memory clock speed 1,200 MHz vs 900 MHz Around 35% higher memory clock speed
More shading units 1,280 vs 960 320 more shading units
Front view of Radeon HD 6970M

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 6970M

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Significantly better 3DMark 11 graphics score 17,447 vs 6,818 More than 2.5x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Lower TDP 75W vs 100W 25% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 8970M vs 6970M

3DMark 11 Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 11 GPU performance

3DMark Vantage Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 10 GPU performance

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8970M
268.64 mHash/s
Radeon HD 6970M
117.8 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8970M
57.24 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 6970M
10.57 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8970M
1,223.74 frames/s
Radeon HD 6970M
785.77 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8970M
364.36 mInteraction/s
Radeon HD 6970M
180.17 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8970M
5.78 frames/s
Radeon HD 6970M
0.93 frames/s

Video composition Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8970M
89.31 frames/s
Radeon HD 6970M
24.46 frames/s

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