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Radeon HD 7870 XT vs Radeon RX 470


Intro

The Radeon HD 7870 XT makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 925 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this specific card. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 470, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 926 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1650 MHz on this particular model. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 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 RX 470 11810 points
Radeon HD 7870 XT 6390 points
Difference: 5420 (85%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 470 26 Mh/s
Radeon HD 7870 XT 15 Mh/s
Difference: 11 (73%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 120 Watts
Radeon HD 7870 XT 185 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (54%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 470 should perform a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 7870 XT in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 211200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 192000 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (10%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 should be a lot (about 33%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7870 XT. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 88800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 29728 (33%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 is a small bit (about 0%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7870 XT, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 29600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 32 (0%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 7870 XT Radeon RX 470
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2012 August 2016
Code Name Tahiti LE Polaris 10
Memory 2048 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 925 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 185 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 88800 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29600 Mpixels/sec 29632 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 14 nm
Transistors 4313 million 5700 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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