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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 780 Radeon HD 6970 XXX Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 30% 136%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 19% 116%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 15% 109%
Hitman 3 69% 207%
Grand Theft Auto VI 83% 232%
FIFA 21 34% 19%
Far Cry 6 88% 241%
Genshin Impact 30% 136%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 86% 238%
Watch Dogs Legion 25% 127%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 6970 XXX Edition.

The HD 6970 has a 37 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 780, but the GeForce GTX 780 has 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6970. As a result, the GeForce GTX 780 exhibits a 79.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 6970. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 6970 has a 37 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 780, but the GeForce GTX 780 has 16 more Render Output Units than the HD 6970. As a result, the GeForce GTX 780 exhibits a 12.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 6970. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GTX 780 was released over a year more recently than the HD 6970, and so the GeForce 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 6970.

The GeForce GTX 780 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 6970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce GTX 780 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GTX 780 has 109.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 6970, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 780 is massively better than the HD 6970.

The GeForce GTX 780 has 2304 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6970 XXX Edition has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 780 is 2078 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6970 is 691. The GeForce GTX 780 having 1387 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 780 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 6970.

The GeForce GTX 780 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6970. This means that the GeForce GTX 780 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6970.

The GeForce GTX 780 requires 250 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 6970 XXX Edition requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GeForce GTX 780 and a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the HD 6970. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed863 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock902 MHzvs-
ArchitectureKepler GK110-300-A1Terascale 3 Cayman XT
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date23 May 2013vs01 Dec 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
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8.7
1920x1080
9.3
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6.9
2560x1440
6.8
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5.1
3840x2160
5.2
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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1502 MHzvs1400 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth288.4GB/secvs179.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs1536
Actual Shader Performance100%vs33%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units192vs96
Texture Rate165.7 GTexel/svs86.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate41.4 GPixel/svs28.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs650 Watts & 34 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-875K Quad 2.93GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 780 is a high-end graphics-card based on the 28nm, Kepler architecture.
It's based on the Kepler GK110 Core (same used on Titan) but with 12 SMX activated and therefore offers 2304 Shader Processing Units, 192 TMUs and 48 ROPs on a 384-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. While the central unit runs at 863MHz and goes up to 902MHz in Turbo, the memory clock operates at 1502MHz. It consumes up to 250W.
Benchmarks indicate that its performance is up to 30% better than previous GeForce GTX 680 and thus allows even the most demanding games to be playable at the highest settings, at 1080p. With proper overclocking and cooling, it can surpass GeForce GTX Titan.
Radeon HD 6970 XXX Edition is a tweaked Radeon HD 6970 and part of the Radeon HD 6000 Series released by AMD in 2010/2011.
The differences include increased core and memory clocks, from 880MHz to 900MHz and from 5.5GHz to 5.6GHz respectively.
Therefore, the performance gain should be between slightly and significant, when compared to the Radeon HD 6970, putting Radeon HD 6970 XXX Edition somewhere between Radeon HD 6970 Asus Edition and Radeon HD 6970 Lightning Edition.
All demanding games, including very demanding one's like Metro 2033/The Witcher II will run on the highest settings.
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