AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 7870 XT sales 19 November 2012 at a recommended price of $270. This is GCN 1.0 architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 192.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 267 mm. Two 6-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 185 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 17.02 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

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

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
4.82
 
Architecture
GCN 1.0
 
GPU code name
Tahiti
 
Market segment
Desktop
 
Launch date
19 November 2012 (8 years ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$270
 
Price now
$133 (0.5x MSRP)
 

Technical specs

Radeon HD 7870 XT'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 XT's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
1536
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
925 MHz
 
Boost clock speed
975 MHz
 
Number of transistors
4,313 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
185 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
93.60
 
Floating-point performance
2,995 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 7870 XT'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).

Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
267 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pin
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 7870 XT: 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 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
6000 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
192.0 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 7870 XT. 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 Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
 
HDMI
+
 

API support

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

DirectX
12 (11_1)
 
Shader Model
5.1
 
OpenGL
4.6
 
OpenCL
1.2
 
Vulkan
1.2.131
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 7870 XT. 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.

17.02

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

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.

6390

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.

4469

Mining hashrates

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

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
346 Mh/s
 
 
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
14.5 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 7870 XT 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.

This video card matches 93% minimum and 79% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
93%
Recommended
79%
Minimum
93%
Recommended
79%

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 7870 XT from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 580, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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