NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 vs AMD Radeon HD 6870

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 607 MHz
  • Max video memory 1280 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 1674 MHz (3348 data rate)
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon HD 6870
Radeon HD 6870
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 0
  • Max video memory 1024 MB
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed 1050
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 151$
Games supported 66%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating378467
Value for money8.132.65
ArchitectureFermi (2010−2014)Terascale 2 (2009−2015)
GPU code nameGF100RV940 Barts
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Designno datareference
Release date12 April 2010 (12 years ago)22 October 2010 (11 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$349 $239
Price now$9.99 (0x MSRP)$151 (0.6x MSRP)
Value for money

To get the index we compare the characteristics of video cards and their relative prices.

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores448no data
CUDA cores448no data
Core clock speed607 MHzno data
Boost clock speedno data900 MHz
Number of transistors3,100 million1,700 million
Manufacturing process technology40 nm40 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)225 Wattno data
Maximum GPU temperature105 °Cno data
Texture fill rate34.0 billion/sec50.40
Floating-point performance1,088.6 gflops2,016.0 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus support16x PCI-E 2.0PCIe 2.0 x16
InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16PCIe 2.0 x16
Length9.5" (241 mm) (24.1 cm)220 mm
Height4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)no data
Width2-slot2-slot
Supplementary power connectorsTwo 6-pinsno data
SLI options+no data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5no data
Maximum RAM amount1280 MB1 GB
Memory bus width320 Bitno data
Memory clock speed1674 MHz (3348 data rate)1050 MHz
Memory bandwidth133.9 GB/sno data
Shared memory--

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsTwo Dual Link DVIMini HDMI2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Multi monitor support+no data
Eyefinityno data1
HDMI+no data
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536no data
DisplayPort supportno data-
Audio input for HDMIInternalno data

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

AppAccelerationno data-
CrossFireno data1
Endurono data-
HD3Dno data-
PowerTuneno data-
TrueAudiono data-
ZeroCoreno data-

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (11_0)DirectX® 11
Shader Model5.15.0
OpenGL4.2no data
OpenCL1.1no data
VulkanN/Ano data
Mantleno data-
CUDA+no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 470 10.59
+41.8%
HD 6870 7.47
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • Passmark

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

GTX 470 25757
HD 6870 26437
+2.6%
GTX 470 2396
HD 6870 3002
+25.3%

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

GTX 470 2758
HD 6870 3141
+13.9%

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

GTX 470 4342
+2.9%
HD 6870 4218

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

GTX 470 16753
HD 6870 17773
+6.1%

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

GTX 470 3151
+41.9%
HD 6870 2221

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 470 and Radeon HD 6870. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 97 Mh/s 213 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

900p52
−9.6%
57
+9.6%
Full HD64
+1.6%
63
−1.6%
1200p53
+35.9%
39
−35.9%

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Battlefield 5 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Far Cry 5 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Hitman 3 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Battlefield 5 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Far Cry 5 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Hitman 3 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Metro Exodus 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Battlefield 5 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Far Cry 5 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Hitman 3 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Metro Exodus 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Battlefield 5 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Far Cry 5 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Hitman 3 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Metro Exodus 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Battlefield 5 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Far Cry 5 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12
+57.1%
7−8
−57.1%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 10.59 7.47
Novelty 12 April 2010 22 October 2010
Cost $349 $239

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470

since it shows better performance.


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Competitors of GeForce GTX 470 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 470 from AMD is Radeon R7 260X, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 1 position in our rating.

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Competitors of Radeon HD 6870 by NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon HD 6870's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 460, which is faster by 3% and higher by 9 positions in our rating.

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