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Radeon HD 7870 XT vs Radeon R9 380X

Intro

The Radeon HD 7870 XT uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 925 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this model. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 380X, which comes with a clock frequency of 970 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1425 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 2048 SPUs, 128 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 R9 380X 9519 points
Radeon HD 7870 XT 6390 points
Difference: 3129 (49%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 380X 19 Mh/s
Radeon HD 7870 XT 15 Mh/s
Difference: 4 (27%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7870 XT 185 Watts
Radeon R9 380X 190 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 7870 XT will be 5% quicker than the Radeon R9 380X overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 XT 192000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 380X 182400 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (5%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380X will be much (about 40%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 7870 XT. (explain)

Radeon R9 380X 124160 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 88800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 35360 (40%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 380X is a better choice, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 380X 31040 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 29600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1440 (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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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 7870 XT Radeon R9 380X
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2012 November 2015
Code Name Tahiti LE Tonga XT
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 925 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 185 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 88800 Mtexels/sec 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29600 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 2048
Texture Mapping Units 96 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4313 million 5000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's 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 rate also depends 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 maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 7870 XT

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Radeon R9 380X

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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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