NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M vs AMD Radeon HD 7970M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
AMD Radeon HD 7970M

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 780M and Radeon HD 7970M architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
27.04
 
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Architecture
Kepler
 
GCN 1.0
Code name
GK104
 
Wimbledon
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
11 May 2013
 
24 April 2012
Price now
$190
 
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 780M and Radeon HD 7970M'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 780M and Radeon HD 7970M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1536
 
1280
CUDA cores
1536
 
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Core clock speed
823 MHz
 
850 MHz
Boost Clock
797 MHz
 
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Transistor count
3,540 million
 
2,800 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
122 Watt
 
100 Watt
Texture fill rate
102.0
 
68.00
Floating-point performance
2,448 gflops
 
2,176 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 780M and Radeon HD 7970M 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 size
large
 
large
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0, PCI Express 2.0
 
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Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
MXM-B (3.0)
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
None
SLI options
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 780M and Radeon HD 7970M: 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
4 GB
 
2 GB
Standard memory configuration
GDDR5
 
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Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
2500 MHz
 
4800 MHz
Memory bandwidth
160.0 GB/s
 
153.6 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 780M and Radeon HD 7970M. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs
eDP 1.2 signal support
Up to 3840x2160
 
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LVDS signal support
Up to 1920x1200
 
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VGA аnalog display support
Up to 2048x1536
 
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DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
Up to 3840x2160
 
no data
HDMI
+
 
-
HDCP content protection
+
 
-
7.1 channel HD audio on HDMI
+
 
-
TrueHD and DTS-HD audio bitstreaming
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 780M and Radeon HD 7970M. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
Blu-Ray 3D Support
+
 
-
3D Vision
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
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H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
-
Optimus
+
 
-
3D Vision / 3DTV Play
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
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FXAA
+
 
no data
TXAA
+
 
no data
Direct Compute
+
 
no data
Verde Drivers
+
 
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API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 780M and Radeon HD 7970M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 API
 
12 (11_1)
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.1
 
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 780M and Radeon HD 7970M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 780M 18.76 +15.4%
HD 7970M 16.26

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 780M 35965 +12.9%
HD 7970M 31869

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 780M 4742 +10.1%
HD 7970M 4307

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 780M 5244 +11.7%
HD 7970M 4694

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 780M 7777 +37.8%
HD 7970M 5645

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 780M 26827 +22.3%
HD 7970M 21938

Unigine Heaven 3.0

GTX 780M 76 +31%
HD 7970M 58

Passmark

GTX 780M 4072 +15.4%
HD 7970M 3528

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 780M and Radeon HD 7970M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
82 Mh/s −209.8%
 
254 Mh/s +209.8%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 780M and Radeon HD 7970M are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M

15.4% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (11 May 2013 vs 24 April 2012)
More pipelines (1536 vs 1280)
Higher memory bandwidth (160 vs 153.6 GB/s)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
Verde Drivers
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)
3D Vision
3DTV Play
GeForce Experence
TXAA
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
FXAA
OpenCL (Open Computing Language - an API for GPU usage in arbitrary calculations, e.g. for physics simulation)
Direct Compute
SLIOptions
HDMI
HDCPContentProtection
71ChannelHDAudioOnHDMI
TrueHDAndDTSHDAudioBitstreaming
BluRay3DSupport
3D Vision Surround
H264VC1MPEG21080pVideoDecoder
Optimus Support

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 7970M

Less power hungry (100 vs 122 watts)

So, GTX 780M or HD 7970M?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 780M and Radeon HD 7970M, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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