AMD Radeon HD 7970 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760

AMD Radeon HD 7970
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760

General info

Comparison of Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 760 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
15.96
 
36.75
Architecture
GCN 1.0
 
Kepler
Code name
Tahiti
 
GK104
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
reference
 
no data
Release date
22 December 2011
 
25 June 2013
Launch price (MSRP)
$549
 
$249
Price now
$415
 
$160

Technical specs

Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 760's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 760's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2048
 
1152
CUDA cores
no data
 
1152
Core clock speed
no data
 
980 MHz
Boost Clock
925 MHz
 
1033 MHz
Transistor count
4,313 million
 
3,540 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
300 Watt
 
170 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
no data
 
97 °C
Texture fill rate
118.4
 
94.1 billion/sec
Floating-point performance
3,789 gflops
 
2,378 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 760 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
PCIe 2.1 x16
 
PCI Express 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
274 mm
 
9.5" (24.1 cm)
Height
no data
 
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Minimum recommended system power
no data
 
500 Watt
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
 
Two 6-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 760: 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
3 GB
 
2 GB
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
1375 MHz
 
6008 MHz
Memory bandwidth
264 GB/s
 
192.2 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 760. 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
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
 
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
no data
 
One Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort
Multi monitor support
no data
 
4 displays
Eyefinity
+
 
-
HDMI
+
 
+
HDCP
-
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
no data
 
2048x1536
G-SYNC support
-
 
+
Audio input for HDMI
no data
 
Internal

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 760. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
CrossFire
+
 
-
FreeSync
+
 
-
Blu Ray 3D
-
 
+
3D Gaming
-
 
+
3D Vision
-
 
+
PhysX
-
 
+
GPU Boost
no data
 
+
3D Vision Live
-
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
no data
 
+
GeForce Experience
no data
 
+
FXAA
no data
 
+
Eyefinity
+
 
no data
TXAA
no data
 
+
Adaptive VSync
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 760, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 11
 
12 (11_0)
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.3

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 760. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

HD 7970 24.18 +12.6%
GTX 760 21.47

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

HD 7970 43795 +9.1%
GTX 760 40150

3DMark Fire Strike Score

HD 7970 5880 +8.3%
GTX 760 5431

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

HD 7970 6862 +15.2%
GTX 760 5959

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

HD 7970 7770
GTX 760 7962 +2.5%

3DMark Vantage Performance

HD 7970 24757
GTX 760 29073 +17.4%

Unigine Heaven 3.0

HD 7970 78 +4%
GTX 760 75

Unigine Heaven 4.0

HD 7970 985 +15.7%
GTX 760 851

Passmark

HD 7970 5248 +12.6%
GTX 760 4660

Rendering quality tests

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

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 760. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
485 Mh/s +484.3%
 
83 Mh/s −484.3%
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
20.71 Mh/s +491.7%
 
3.5 Mh/s −491.7%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 760 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 7970

12.6% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (384 vs 256 bit)
More pipelines (2048 vs 1152)
Higher memory bandwidth (264 vs 192.2 GB/s)
Eyefinity (allows using several displays with an AMD GPU)
HD3D
CrossFire
EyefinitySupport
CrossfireX
FreeSync

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760

Much newer (25 June 2013 vs 22 December 2011)
Cheaper ($249 vs $549)
Less power hungry (170 vs 300 watts)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
Purevideo
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
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)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Adaptive VSync
TXAA
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
SHIELD-ready
FXAA
NVIDIA Surround
SLI-ready
HDCP
BluRay3D
3DGaming
3D Vision Surround
NVIDIAPhysXTechnology
3DVisionLive

So, HD 7970 or GTX 760?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon HD 7970.
Should you still have questions on choice between Radeon HD 7970 and GeForce GTX 760, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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