NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 vs AMD Radeon HD 7970
Comparison of GeForce GTX 950 and Radeon HD 7970 architecture, market type and release date.
GeForce GTX 950 and Radeon HD 7970'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 950 and Radeon HD 7970's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Texture fill rate
49.2 billion / sec
118.4 GTexel / s
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on GeForce GTX 950 and Radeon HD 7970 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).
PCI Express 3.0
PCIe 2.1 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
7.938" (20.2 cm)
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Recommended system power (PSU)
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 950 and Radeon HD 7970: 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.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
105.6 GB / s
264 GB / s
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 950 and Radeon HD 7970.
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
Multi monitor support
Maximum VGA resolution
Audio input for HDMI
Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 950 and Radeon HD 7970. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
Adaptive Vertical Sync
APIs supported by GeForce GTX 950 and Radeon HD 7970, sometimes including their particular versions.
Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 950 and Radeon HD 7970. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
GTX 950 18.64
HD 7970 18.64
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
GTX 950 37454
HD 7970 43795 +16.9%
3DMark Fire Strike Score
GTX 950 5605
HD 7970 5880 +4.9%
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
GTX 950 6208
HD 7970 6862 +10.5%
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
GTX 950 8351 +7.5%
HD 7970 7770
GTX 950 5247
HD 7970 5248 +0%
Rendering quality tests
GFXBench render quality
GFXBench high precision render quality
Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 950 and Radeon HD 7970. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
233 Mh/s −108.2%
485 Mh/s +108.2%
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
9.97 Mh/s −107.7%
20.71 Mh/s +107.7%
Let's see how good GeForce GTX 950 and Radeon HD 7970 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Much newer (20 August 2015 vs 22 December 2011)
Cheaper ($159 vs $549)
Less power hungry (90 vs 300 watts)
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)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Adaptive Vertical Sync
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
3D Vision Surround
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 7970
Wider memory bus (384 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (2048 vs 768)
Higher memory bandwidth (264 vs 105.6 GB/s)
Eyefinity (allows using several displays with an AMD GPU)
So, GTX 950 or HD 7970?
Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 and AMD Radeon HD 7970. The differences in performance seem too small.
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