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Radeon HD 7870 XT vs Radeon R9 380 4G

Intro

The Radeon HD 7870 XT features a clock frequency of 925 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 380 4G, which features a core clock speed of 970 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1425 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1792 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, 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 380 4G 8837 points
Radeon HD 7870 XT 6390 points
Difference: 2447 (38%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 380 4G 21 Mh/s
Radeon HD 7870 XT 15 Mh/s
Difference: 6 (40%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7870 XT 185 Watts
Radeon R9 380 4G 190 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 7870 XT should theoretically be just a bit better than the Radeon R9 380 4G in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7870 XT 192000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 380 4G 182400 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (5%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380 4G should be a lot (about 22%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 7870 XT. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 4G 108640 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 88800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19840 (22%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 380 4G is the winner, but not by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 4G 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 380 4G
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2012 June 2015
Code Name Tahiti LE Antigua PRO
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 108640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29600 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 1792
Texture Mapping Units 96 112
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 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.1 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card 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 colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few 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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