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Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 7970


The Geforce GTX 670 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1500 MHz on this card. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7970, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 925 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1375 MHz on this model. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike

Radeon HD 7970 8207 points
Geforce GTX 670 7532 points
Difference: 675 (9%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Geforce GTX 670 170 Watts
Radeon HD 7970 250 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (47%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7970 will be 38% faster than the Geforce GTX 670 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 264000 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 670 192000 MB/sec
Difference: 72000 (38%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7970 should be a small bit (approximately 16%) better at AF than the Geforce GTX 670. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 118400 Mtexels/sec
Geforce GTX 670 102480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15920 (16%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7970 is the winner, but not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 29600 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 670 29280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 320 (1%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Model Geforce GTX 670 Radeon HD 7970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2012 January 2012
Code Name GK104 Tahiti XT
Memory 2048 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 925 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1344 2048
Texture Mapping Units 112 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3540 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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barraCUDA says:

I personally went with the GTX670 for this "round", for a few reasons... However, I have had a lot of experience with the 7970 as well, and here are some notes.
First, the two systems:
My rig's important specs are 3x EVGA GTX670 FTW 2GB models in 3-Way SLI running at 1384Mhz GPU/7450Mhz-Effective VRAM, a GT650Ti 2GB for PhysX/Folding, a Rampage 4 Extreme, i7 3930K @ 4.8Ghz, 16GB DDR3-2133 9-11-10-28 (4x4GB OC'd @ DDR3-2400 9-12-11-28), Samsung 830 256GB SSD (OS/Boot), Plextor M5P-Extreme 256GB SSD (Games), 2x WD VR 1TB RAID0, 1x WD RE 4TB, (had to move my RAID setup to a dedicated Home Media Server), X-Fi Titanium HD, all custom water cooled (CPU/GPU's/MB/RAM).
My friend's rig consists of 2x MSI R7970 Lightning GHz-Edition 3GB in CF-X (1250Mhz Core/6600Mhz-Effective VRAM), a 650Ti 1GB for PhysX, Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 Motherboard, i7 3770K @ 4.9Ghz, 16GB Samsung 30nm RAM DDR3-1600 11-11-11-30 1.35V (4x4GB OC'd @ DDR3-2600 11-13-11-31 1.585v), Samsung 840Pro 128GB (OS/Boot/Apps), 180GB Intel 330 SSD, LSI 9680-16i RAID Controller Card w 4GB Cache and BBU, 4x Seagate 7200.13 2TB HDD's RAID0, 6x Hitachi Ultrastar 500GB RAID0, 4x Seagate 3TB 7200rpm HDD RAID5+HS, and the CPU and GPU's are custom water-cooled (MB Block is on its way).

We have friendly benchmarking competitions all the time, but we also game a lot.
Occasionally, I will disable one of my 670FTW's so that we have "fair" 2vs2-card benchmarks (one reason that we both have dedicated PhysX cards, aside from BL2).

Despite his advantage in VRAM, we both end up with scores that are within 5% of one another, max, typically around 2%. This includes Heaven3.0, 3dMark11, etc. I do have a significant advantage in SuperPi/HyperPi/CineBench because of having 50% more CPU Cores/Threads, even if they are running 100Mhz slower and at a 5-10% IPC disadvantage.

When it comes to gaming, though, it's almost impossible to differentiate the two. Both of us can keep Far Cry 3 at >100fps at ALL times running everything on ULTRA at either 1080p or 1440p; Crysis and Crysis2 are >75fps with everything completely maxxed and with the DX11 Texture pack at the same resolutions, and even Metro2033 at 1440p with everything completely maxxed out will not drop below 50fps (Avg 78/88, Min 51/52, Max 131/178; mine scores a bit higher, but the minimum framerate is very similar... likely due to his VRAM advantage).

At the end of the day, we each paid EXACTLY the same amount of money for our cards, a whole $1.28 difference between the two GPU setups.

(FWIW, I have used 3-way EVGA GTX680 4GB SLI, and it was all of 1.2-2.6% faster than my current setup, yet cost $500 more!)

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