AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition vs. Nvidia GeForce GTX 660: frametimes review

They cost about the same, but which one is the fastest?


Far Cry 3

In Far Cry 3 in Full HD with Medium settings the Radeon HD 7870 and GTX 660 have similar average framerates, with AMD at 80.2 fps and Nvidia at 84.3 fps. Both cards exhibit some peaks in the render times of individual frames, but both AMD has more of them and they are higher. This game really has some stutters with AMD cards. Nvidia gets a frametime score of 17.6 ms, and AMD 24.6 ms.

The frametime results for Far Cry 3 on Ultra settings isĀ the example for why this test has added value. The average framerate is about the same, with 31.1 fps for Nvidia and 31.3 fps for AMD. In the chart with the frametime results the average is on the same level, but AMD's card has much bigger peaks, and you notice these in practice. The 42.8 ms frametime score for the Nvidia card also isn't great, but it's much better than what the 7870 GHz Edition scores.


two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

AMD Radeon HD 7950 Boost

Tahiti, 1792 cores, 850 MHz, 3072 MB, 384 bit, DirectX 12 fl 11_1, PCI-Express 3.0 x16

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti

GK104, 1344 cores, 915 MHz, 2048 MB, 192 bit, DirectX 12 fl 11_0, PCI-Express 3.0 x16

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