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Radeon HD 7870 vs Radeon HD 7870 XT

Intro

The Radeon HD 7870 has a GPU core clock speed of 1000 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1280 Stream Processors, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7870 XT, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 925 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this particular card. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

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 Graphics Score

Radeon HD 7870 XT 6390 points
Radeon HD 7870 6230 points
Difference: 160 (3%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon HD 7870 16 Mh/s
Radeon HD 7870 XT 15 Mh/s
Difference: 1 (7%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7870 175 Watts
Radeon HD 7870 XT 185 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (6%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 7870 XT should in theory be quite a bit superior to the Radeon HD 7870 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 XT 192000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7870 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 38400 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 XT should be a bit (approximately 11%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7870. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 XT 88800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 80000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8800 (11%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7870 is the winner, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 32000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 29600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2400 (8%)

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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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 7870 Radeon HD 7870 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2012 November 2012
Code Name Pitcairn XT Tahiti LE
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 925 MHz
Memory Speed 4800 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 175 watts 185 watts
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 192000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 80000 Mtexels/sec 88800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32000 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1536
Texture Mapping Units 80 96
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2800 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core 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 is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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