NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI vs AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
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  • Core clock speed 823
  • Max video memory 2x 4096 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 5000
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
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  • Core clock speed 850
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4800
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 126$
Games supported 84%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating200220
Value for money31.0729.76
ArchitectureKepler (2012−2018)GCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameN14E-GTXWimbledon XT
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
Release date30 May 2013 (9 years ago)1 May 2012 (10 years ago)
Current price$149 $126
Value for money

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores30722560
Core clock speed823 MHz850 MHz
Number of transistors7080 Millionno data
Manufacturing process technology28 nm28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)200 Watt200 Watt

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 780M SLI and Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizelargelarge
SLI options+no data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2x 4 GBno data
Memory bus width2x 256 Bit2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed5000 MHz4800 MHz
Shared memory--

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

Optimus+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX1111.1
CUDA+no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 780M SLI 25.82
+11%
HD 7970M Crossfire 23.26
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 780M SLI 36004
+15.7%
HD 7970M Crossfire 31127

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 780M SLI 14140
+27.2%
HD 7970M Crossfire 11119

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

900pno data132
Full HD99
−3%
102
+3%

Popular games

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    Low Preset
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    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Battlefield 5 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Far Cry 5 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Hitman 3 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Red Dead Redemption 2 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Watch Dogs: Legion 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
+13%
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−13%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
+13%
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−13%
Battlefield 5 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
+13%
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−13%
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Far Cry 5 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Hitman 3 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Metro Exodus 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Red Dead Redemption 2 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Watch Dogs: Legion 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Battlefield 5 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Far Cry 5 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
+13%
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−13%
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 24−27
+13%
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−13%
Watch Dogs: Legion 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Hitman 3 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Metro Exodus 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Red Dead Redemption 2 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Battlefield 5 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Far Cry 5 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Watch Dogs: Legion 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Hitman 3 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Metro Exodus 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Red Dead Redemption 2 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Battlefield 5 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Far Cry 5 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%
Watch Dogs: Legion 24−27
+13%
21−24
−13%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 25.82 23.26
Novelty 30 May 2013 1 May 2012
Pipelines / CUDA cores 3072 2560

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI

since it shows better performance.


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Competitors of GeForce GTX 780M SLI by AMD

The nearest GeForce GTX 780M SLI's AMD equivalent is Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire, which is faster by 1% and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

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Competitors of Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire by NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

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User rating

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