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Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 760.

The GeForce GTX 760 has a 55 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 7970, but the Radeon HD 7970 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 760. As a result, the Radeon HD 7970 exhibits a 24.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 760. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GTX 760 has a 55 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 7970 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GTX 760 providing 1.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GTX 760 was released over a year more recently than the Radeon HD 7970, and so the GeForce GTX 760 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The Radeon HD 7970 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 760, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon HD 7970 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon HD 7970 has 71.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 760, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon HD 7970 is much better than the GeForce GTX 760.

The GeForce GTX 760 has 1152 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7970 has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 760 is 1189 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 7970 is 1705. The Radeon HD 7970 having 516 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD 7970 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 760.

The GeForce GTX 760 requires 170 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 7970 requires 230 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GeForce GTX 760 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Radeon HD 7970. The Radeon HD 7970 requires 60 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 760 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon HD 7970 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GTX 760.

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GPU Core Details

Core Speed980 MHzvs925 MHz
ArchitectureKepler GK104-225-A2GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT
Notebook GPUnono
Release Date25 Jun 201309 Jan 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1502 MHzvs1375 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.3GB/secvs264GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 768 KB

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1152vs2048
Actual Shader Performance1189vs1705
Texture Mapping Units96vs128
Texture Rate94.1 GTexel/svs118.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate31.4 GPixel/svs29.6 GPixel/s

GPU Display Tech

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.2
Max Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power170 Wattsvs230 Watts

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Recommended Screen Size1920x10801920x1080
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 30 Ampsvs500 Watts & 40 Amps

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 760 is a mainstream Graphics Card based on the 28nm, Kepler architecture.
It packs a Kepler GK104 Core and therefore offer 1152 Shader Processing Units, 96 TMUs and 32 ROPs on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. While its central unit runs at 980MHz and goes up to 1032MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1502MHz. It draws up to 170W.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is superior to GeForce GTX 660 Ti and just a little beneath GeForce GTX 670.
Suited for a 1080p resolution, most modern games will run at the highest settings while extremely demanding games, such as Crysis 3 & Metro Last Light will require a more modest preset to be played optimally.
Radeon HD 7970 is the successor of the powerful Radeon HD 6970 and part of the 7000 Series released by AMD in 2011/2012.
With the release of the AMD 12.11 Drivers, the performance was increased and is now superior to GeForce GTX 670 but still behind GeForce GTX 680. Not manufactured anymore, it was tweaked and later released as Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, which as of October 2012, became the fastest single GPU available.
Therefore, all games, including very demanding ones, should be fully playable at max settings and with very attractive resolutions.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i3-4350T 3.1GHz
AMD Athlon II X4 638
AMD Athlon II X4 635
AMD Opteron 6134
AMD APU A6-3670K Quad-Core
Intel Core i7-4790S 4-Core 3.2GHz
AMD Opteron 6278
Intel Core i7-980 6-Core 3.33GHz
Intel Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Intel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades--
GPU VariantsGeForce GTX 760 EVGA 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 760 Zotac 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 760 Gainward 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 760 EVGA SC W/ ACX 4GB Edition