AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT vs NVIDIA P104-100

General info

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

Place in our rating
Value for money (0-100)
GCN 1.0
GPU code name
Market segment
Release date
19 November 2012 (8 years ago)
12 December 2017 (3 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
no data
Price now
$133 (0.5x MSRP)

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 cores
Core clock speed
925 MHz
1607 MHz
Boost clock speed
975 MHz
1733 MHz
Number of transistors
4,313 million
7,200 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
16 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
185 Watt
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Texture fill rate
Floating-point performance
2,995 gflops
8,873 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).

PCIe 3.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
267 mm
267 mm
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pin
1x 8-pin


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 type
Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
4 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
6000 MHz
10008 MHz
Memory bandwidth
192.0 GB/s
320.3 GB/s

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 Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
No outputs

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

12 (11_1)
12 (12_1)
Shader Model

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.

HD 7870 XT 16.55 +0.4%
P104-100 16.48


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 XT 4469 +0.4%
P104-100 4449

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 7870 XT and P104-100. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

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

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

Both graphics cards satisfy the 92% minimum and 78% recommended requirements of all games known to us.


Competitors of Radeon HD 7870 XT from NVIDIA

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

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 7870 XT:

Competitors of P104-100 from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to P104-100 from AMD is Radeon R7 370, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to P104-100:

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT

0.4% higher performance in benchmarks

Advantages of NVIDIA P104-100

Much newer (12 December 2017 vs 19 November 2012)

Cheaper ($17 vs $133)

More pipelines (1920 vs 1536)

Higher memory bandwidth (320.3 vs 192 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (16 vs 28 nm)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT and NVIDIA P104-100. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT
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