AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT
Radeon HD 7870 XT
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 925 MHz
  • Max video memory 2 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 6000 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2012
Performance 15.04

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

15.04%

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

General info

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

Place in performance rating295
Value for money8.34
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 (2012−2020)
GPU code nameTahiti
Market segmentDesktop
Release date19 November 2012 (9 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$270
Price now$133 (0.5x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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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 cores1536of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed925 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed975 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors4,313 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)185 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate93.60of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance2,995 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

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).

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length267 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors2x 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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed6000 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth192.0 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

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

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 7870 XT, 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 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.

HD 7870 XT 15.04
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

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.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

HD 7870 XT 4469

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.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

HD 7870 XT 6390

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.

Relative perfomance

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


NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 7870 XT from NVIDIA is P104-100, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 2 positions in our rating.

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