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Radeon HD 7870 vs Radeon R9 380 4G

Intro

The Radeon HD 7870 features core speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 380 4G, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 970 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1425 MHz on this card. It features 1792 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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 R9 380 4G 8837 points
Radeon HD 7870 6230 points
Difference: 2607 (42%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 380 4G 21 Mh/s
Radeon HD 7870 16 Mh/s
Difference: 5 (31%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7870 175 Watts
Radeon R9 380 4G 190 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (9%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 380 4G should perform just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 7870 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 4G 182400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7870 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 28800 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380 4G is much (more or less 36%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 7870. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 4G 108640 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 80000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 28640 (36%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7870 is superior to the Radeon R9 380 4G, but not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 32000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 380 4G 31040 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 960 (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 R9 380 4G

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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 R9 380 4G
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year March 2012 June 2015
Code Name Pitcairn XT Antigua PRO
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 4800 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 175 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 80000 Mtexels/sec 108640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32000 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1792
Texture Mapping Units 80 112
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2800 million 5000 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range 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 of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 7870

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Radeon R9 380 4G

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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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