NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 vs AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
not rated
Value for money (0-100)
11.38
 
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Architecture
Kepler
 
GCN 1.0
Code name
GK104
 
Pitcairn
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
n/d
 
reference
Release date
10 May 2012
 
5 March 2012
Launch price (MSRP)
$399
 
$349
Price now
$816
 
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition'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 GHz Edition's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1344
 
1280
CUDA cores
1344
 
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Core clock speed
980 MHz
 
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Boost Clock
980 MHz
 
1000 MHz
Transistor count
3,540 million
 
2,800 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
170 Watt
 
225 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
97 °C
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
102.5 billion / sec
 
80 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
2,459.5 gflops
 
2,560 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 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
 
PCIe 2.1 x16
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
9.5" (24.1 cm)
 
241 mm
Height
4.376" (11.1 cm)
 
n/d
Supplementary power connectors
Two 6-pin
 
2x 6-pin
SLI options
3-way
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition: 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
 
1200 MHz
Memory bandwidth
192.2 GB / s
 
153.6 GB / s

Video outputs and ports

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

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

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0 (11_0)
 
DirectX® 11
OpenGL
4.2
 
4.6

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 −0.2%
 
4549 +0.2%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 −0.2%
 
4549 +0.2%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
97 Mh/s −224.7%
 
315 Mh/s +224.7%
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
13 Mh/s
 
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Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670

Somewhat newer (10 May 2012 vs 5 March 2012)
More pipelines (1344 vs 1280)
Higher memory bandwidth (192.2 vs 153.6 GB/s)
Less power hungry (170 vs 225 watts)
GPU Boost
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
TXAA
NVIDIA G-SYNC-ready
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)
HDCP
G-SYNC support
3D Blu-Ray
3D Gaming

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition

Cheaper ($349 vs $399)
Eyefinity (allows using several displays with an AMD GPU)
CrossFire
FreeSync

So, GTX 670 or HD 7870 GHz Edition?

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