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Radeon HD 7870 XT vs Radeon R7 370 2G

Intro

The Radeon HD 7870 XT has a GPU core speed of 925 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1500 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 370 2G, which comes with a core clock frequency of 975 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1400 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1024 SPUs, 64 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 R7 370 2G 5582 points
Difference: 808 (14%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon HD 7870 XT 15 Mh/s
Radeon R7 370 2G 15 Mh/s
Difference: 0 (0%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 370 2G 110 Watts
Radeon HD 7870 XT 185 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (68%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 7870 XT should theoretically be a small bit better than the Radeon R7 370 2G in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 XT 192000 MB/sec
Radeon R7 370 2G 179200 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (7%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 XT will be much (more or less 42%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R7 370 2G. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 XT 88800 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 370 2G 62400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 26400 (42%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R7 370 2G is a better choice, though only just barely. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 31200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 29600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1600 (5%)

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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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.

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 7870 XT Radeon R7 370 2G
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2012 June 2015
Code Name Tahiti LE Trinidad
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 925 MHz 975 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 185 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 88800 Mtexels/sec 62400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29600 Mpixels/sec 31200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 1024
Texture Mapping Units 96 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4313 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 7870 XT

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Radeon R7 370 2G

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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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