AMD Radeon HD 7870: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon HD 7870
Radeon HD 7870
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1000
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4800
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2012
Performance 15.86

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 7870 sales 5 March 2012 at a recommended price of $412.83. This is GCN architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4.8 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 153.6 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 241 mm. Two 6-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 175 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

15.86%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon HD 7870's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating289
Value for money5.18
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)
GPU code namePitcairn XT
Market segmentDesktop
Release date5 March 2012 (10 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$412.83
Price now$347 (0.8x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon HD 7870's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 7870's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1280of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed1000 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors2800 Millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)175 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate80.00of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 7870's 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).

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length241 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors2x 6-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 7870: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed4800 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth153.6 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 7870. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Eyefinity+
HDMI+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 7870, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (11_1)
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.2.131

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 7870. 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.

HD 7870 15.86
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0
  • Passmark

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

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.

HD 7870 6194

3DMark Vantage Performance

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.

HD 7870 21348

Unigine Heaven 4.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark, a newer version of Unigine 3.0 with relatively small differences. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. The benchmark is still sometimes used, despite its significant age, as it was released back in 2013.

HD 7870 756

Passmark

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.

HD 7870 4663

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 7870. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Decred / DCR (Decred) 0.63 Gh/s  
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 16.6 Mh/s  
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight) 0.39 kh/s  
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash) 145 Sol/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 7870 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

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

900p84
Full HD66

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16−18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 16−18
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Hitman 3 16−18
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16−18
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16−18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 16−18
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Hitman 3 16−18
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16−18
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 36
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16−18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 20
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16−18
Hitman 3 16−18
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16−18

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16−18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16−18
Hitman 3 16−18
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16−18
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 16−18

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16−18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

The nearest Radeon HD 7870's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 760, which is faster by 2% and higher by 6 positions in our rating.

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