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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II Edition Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 67% 107%
eFootball PES 2020 25% 7%
The Division 2 86% 130%
Doom Eternal 5% 29%
Metro: Exodus 86% 130%
Borderlands 3 29% 59%
Grand Theft Auto VI 86% 130%
Watch Dogs Legion 29% 59%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 72% 112%
FIFA 20 26% 9%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II Edition are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition.

The HD 7970 has a 147 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 780, but the GTX 780 has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7970. As a result, the GTX 780 exhibits a 36.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 7970. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 7970 has a 147 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 780, but the GTX 780 has 16 more Render Output Units than the HD 7970. As a result, the GTX 780 exhibits a 9.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 7970. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 780 was released over a year more recently than the HD 7970, and so the GTX 780 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 7970.

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 GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II Edition and the Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 780 has 24.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7970, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 780 is slightly better than the HD 7970.

The GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II Edition has 2304 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 780 is 2078 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7970 is 1758. The GTX 780 having 320 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 780 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 7970.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 780 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the HD 7970. The GTX 780 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the HD 7970. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 780 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 7970.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed863 MHzvs1010 MHz
Boost Clock902 MHzvs-
ArchitectureKepler GK110-300-A1GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date01 Jul 2013vs01 Feb 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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2560x1440
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1502 MHzvs1375 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth288.4GB/secvs264GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs85%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units192vs128
Texture Rate165.7 GTexel/svs129.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate41.4 GPixel/svs32.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU600 Wattsvs550 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 780.
This edition comes with a custom dual fan cooling solution which should allow a slight performance boost, as GeForce GTX 780 benefits from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology.
It does not have any overclocking out of the box.
Benchmarks indicate a 1% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition is a special Edition of the Radeon HD 7970. See the page of the standard edition for more information.
It features overclocking out of the box in the core-clock which went from 925MHz to 1010MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance boost when compared to the standard Radeon HD 7970.
Therefore, all games, including very demanding ones, should be fully playable at max settings and with very attractive resolutions.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i5-7400 3.0GHz
Intel Core i5-4690T 2.5GHz
Intel Core i5-6402P 2.8GHz
Intel Core i7-975 Quad 3.33GHz Extreme
AMD FX-8320
AMD FX-8320
Intel Core i5-3570S 3.1GHz
AMD FX-8370E
Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz
Intel Core i3-7350K 4.20GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades-Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU III OC Strix Gaming 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus ROG Matrix Platinum Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition
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