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Radeon HD 7870 vs Radeon R7 370 2G

Intro

The Radeon HD 7870 features 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 is made up of 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 370 2G, which has a core clock speed of 975 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1400 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit 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 6230 points
Radeon R7 370 2G 5582 points
Difference: 648 (12%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R7 370 2G 210 Sol/s
Radeon HD 7870 172 Sol/s
Difference: 38 (22%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon HD 7870 16 Mh/s
Radeon R7 370 2G 15 Mh/s
Difference: 1 (7%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 370 2G 110 Watts
Radeon HD 7870 175 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (59%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R7 370 2G should theoretically be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 7870 overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 179200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7870 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 25600 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 will be much (about 28%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R7 370 2G. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 80000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 370 2G 62400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17600 (28%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7870 should be just a bit (more or less 3%) more effective at AA than the Radeon R7 370 2G, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 32000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 370 2G 31200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 800 (3%)

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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Radeon HD 7870

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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.

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 7870 Radeon R7 370 2G
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2012 June 2015
Code Name Pitcairn XT Trinidad
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 975 MHz
Memory Speed 4800 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 175 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 80000 Mtexels/sec 62400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32000 Mpixels/sec 31200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1024
Texture Mapping Units 80 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2800 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 7870

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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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