NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 vs AMD Radeon HD 7870

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon HD 7870

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
12.69
 
24.97
Architecture
Kepler
 
GCN
Code name
GK104
 
Pitcairn XT
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
10 May 2012
 
5 March 2012
Launch price (MSRP)
$399
 
$412.83
Price now
$764
 
$290

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1344
 
1280
CUDA cores
1344
 
n/d
Core clock speed
980 MHz
 
1000 MHz
Boost Clock
980 MHz
 
n/d
Transistor count
3,540 million
 
2800 Million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
170 Watt
 
175 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
97 °C
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
102.5 billion / sec
 
n/d
Floating-point performance
2,459.5 gflops
 
n/d

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
n/d
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
n/d
Length
9.5" (24.1 cm)
 
n/d
Height
4.376" (11.1 cm)
 
n/d
Supplementary power connectors
Two 6-pin
 
n/d
SLI options
3-way
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
 
2 GB
Memory bus width
256-bit GDDR5
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
6.0 GB/s
 
4800 MHz
Memory bandwidth
192.2 GB / s
 
n/d
Shared memory
n/d
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 
n/d
Display Connectors
One Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort
 
n/d
Multi monitor support
4 displays
 
n/d
HDMI
+
 
-
HDCP
+
 
-
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
n/d
G-SYNC support
+
 
-
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 
n/d

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
CrossFire
-
 
+
3D Blu-Ray
+
 
-
3D Gaming
+
 
-
3D Vision
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
n/d
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d
FXAA
+
 
n/d
Eyefinity
n/d
 
+
TXAA
+
 
n/d
Adaptive VSync
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0 (11_0)
 
DirectX 11.1, Shader 5.1
OpenGL
4.2
 
n/d

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 670 28.43 +33.9%
HD 7870 21.23

Unigine Heaven 4.0

GTX 670 962 +27.2%
HD 7870 756

Passmark

GTX 670 5362 +22.3%
HD 7870 4384

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 +44.1%
 
3151 −44.1%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 +44.1%
 
3151 −44.1%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
97 Mh/s
 
n/d
Decred / DCR (Decred)
n/d
 
0.63 Gh/s
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
13 Mh/s −27.7%
 
16.6 Mh/s +27.7%
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
n/d
 
0.39 kh/s
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
n/d
 
145 Sol/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670

33.9% faster in synthetic tests
Somewhat newer (10 May 2012 vs 5 March 2012)
Cheaper ($399 vs $412.83)
More pipelines (1344 vs 1280)
Less power hungry (170 vs 175 watts)
GPU Boost
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
TXAA
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
3D Vision
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
Adaptive VSync
FXAA
NVIDIA Surround
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
HDMI
HDCP
Blu-Ray 3D
3DGaming
3D Vision Surround

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 7870

Eyefinity (allows using several displays with an AMD GPU)
HD3D
CrossFire
CrossfireX

So, GTX 670 or HD 7870?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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