AMD Radeon HD 7870: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon HD 7870

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 7870 sales 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.

No additional power connector is required, and power consumption is at 175 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 20.47 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000.

General info

Of Radeon HD 7870's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
14.74
 
Architecture
GCN
 
Code name
Pitcairn XT
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
n/d
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$412.83
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price now
$489.99
 
of 6300 (Quadro RTX 6000)

Technical specs

Radeon HD 7870's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core 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
1280
 
Core clock speed
1000 MHz
 
of 1620 (Quadro RTX 5000)
Transistor count
2800 Million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
175 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)

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 type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
 
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
4800 MHz
 
of 14000
Shared memory
-
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 7870. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
CrossFire
+
 
Eyefinity
+
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 7870, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
11.1
 

Video card benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 7870. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

20.47

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

6194

3DMark Vantage Performance

21348

Unigine Heaven 4.0

756

Passmark

4373

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

6230

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 FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.
Fortnite

Fortnite

2018
Fortnite

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
Overwatch

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
GTA V

GTA V

2015
GTA V

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

2015
Rainbow Six Siege

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
Dota 2

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dota 2 on Radeon HD 7870.

low / 768p
91
 
medium / 768p
70
 
ultra / 1080p
62
 
Counter-Strike: GO

Counter-Strike: GO

2012
Counter-Strike: GO

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

HD 7870
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
League of Legends

League of Legends

2009
League of Legends

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
Minecraft

Minecraft

2009
Minecraft

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+

Battlefield 1 (BF1)

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to Battlefield 1 (BF1) official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 1 (BF1) on Radeon HD 7870.

high / 1080p
52
 
ultra / 1080p
45
 

Fallout 4

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to Fallout 4 official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+

FPS tests

Real world test results of Fallout 4 on Radeon HD 7870.

medium / 768p
77
 
high / 1080p
45
 
ultra / 1080p
36
 

The Witcher 3

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to The Witcher 3 official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Witcher 3 on Radeon HD 7870.

medium / 768p
64
 
high / 1080p
36
 
ultra / 1080p
20
 

Battlefield 4

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to Battlefield 4 official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 4 on Radeon HD 7870.

low / 768p
92
 
medium / 768p
77
 
high / 768p
68
 
ultra / 1080p
43
 

Crysis 3

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to Crysis 3 official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+

FPS tests

Real world test results of Crysis 3 on Radeon HD 7870.

low / 768p
91
 
medium / 768p
80
 
high / 768p
58
 
ultra / 1080p
26
 

Diablo III

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to Diablo III official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+

FPS tests

Real world test results of Diablo III on Radeon HD 7870.

low / 768p
278
 
medium / 768p
229
 
high / 768p
226
 
ultra / 1080p
163
 

Mass Effect 3

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to Mass Effect 3 official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+

FPS tests

Real world test results of Mass Effect 3 on Radeon HD 7870.

low / 720p
60
 
high / 768p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
60
 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

2011

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Radeon HD 7870.

medium / 768p
90
 
high / 768p
80
 
ultra / 1080p
56
 

StarCraft 2

2010

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to StarCraft 2 official system requirements.

HD 7870
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+

FPS tests

Real world test results of StarCraft 2 on Radeon HD 7870.

low / 768p
325
 
medium / 768p
120
 
high / 768p
119
 
ultra / 1080p
106
 

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 7870 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 7870 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 480, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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