AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT vs NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile

Price now 133$
Games supported 78%
AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT
Radeon HD 7870 XT
  • 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
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile
  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 945
  • Max video memory 6144 MB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 14000
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 2393$
Games supported 100%
Graphics card Graphics card AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT vs NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile

General info

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

Place in performance rating27220
Value for money16.6716.05
ArchitectureGCN 1.0Turing
GPU code nameTahitiN19E-Q1
Market segmentDesktopMobile workstation
Release date19 November 2012 (9 years ago)27 May 2019 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$270 no data
Price now$133 (0.5x MSRP)$2393
Value for money

To get the index we compare the characteristics of video cards and their relative prices.

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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 cores15361920
Core clock speed925 MHz945 MHz
Boost clock speed975 MHz1380 MHz
Number of transistors4,313 million10,800 million
Manufacturing process technology28 nm12 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)185 Watt80 Watt
Texture fill rate93.60198.7
Floating-point performance2,995 gflopsno data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 7870 XT and Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile 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). For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizeno datalarge
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
Length267 mmno data
Supplementary power connectors2x 6-pinno data


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 typeGDDR5GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount2 GB6 GB
Memory bus width256 Bit192 Bit
Memory clock speed6000 MHz14000 MHz
Memory bandwidth192.0 GB/s448.0 GB/s
Shared memoryno data-

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 Connectors1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPortNo outputs
HDMI+no data
G-SYNC supportno data+


Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

VR Readyno data+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (11_1)12 Ultimate (12_1)
Shader Model5.16.5
CUDAno data7.5

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 16.75
RTX 3000 Mobile 72.17
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • Passmark

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.

HD 7870 XT 6390
RTX 3000 Mobile 14842

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
RTX 3000 Mobile 10116

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 7870 XT and Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 346 Mh/s no data
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 14.5 Mh/s no data

Gaming performance

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

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

1080pno data93
4Kno data88

Advantages and disadvantages

Performance rating 16.75 72.17
Novelty 19 November 2012 27 May 2019
Memory bus width 256 192
Pipelines / CUDA cores 1536 1920
Memory bandwidth 192 448
Chip lithography 28 12
Thermal design power (TDP) 185 80

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile

since it shows better performance.

Be aware that Radeon HD 7870 XT is a desktop card while Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile is a mobile workstation one.

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Competitors of Radeon HD 7870 XT by NVIDIA

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 4 positions in our rating.

NVIDIA P104-100 P104 100

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

Competitors of Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile from AMD is Radeon Pro 5600M, which is slower by 46% and lower by 96 positions in our rating.

AMD Radeon Pro 5600M Radeon Pro 5600M

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile:

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User rating

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19 ratings
AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT
AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT
94 ratings
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 Mobile

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