AMD Radeon HD 7870M: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon HD 7870M
Radeon HD 7870M
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 800
  • Max video memory 2 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2012
Performance 5.57
Graphics card Technical data and tests
AMD Radeon HD 7870M
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Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 7870M sales 24 April 2012. This is GCN architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4 GHz are supplied, and together with 128 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 64 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Power consumption is at 45 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

5.57%

percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.


General info

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

Place in performance rating523
Value for money (0-100)0.64
ArchitectureGCN
GPU code nameHeathrow XT
Market segmentLaptop
Release date24 April 2012 (9 years ago)
Price now$338 of 12122 (Quadro GV100)
Value for money (0-100)

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Technical specs

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

Pipelines / CUDA cores640of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed800 MHzof 2233 (Playstation 5 GPU)
Number of transistors1,500 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 5 (Apple M1 GPU)
Thermal design power (TDP)45 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate32.00of 779.2 (Radeon RX 6900 XTX)
Floating-point performance1,024 gflopsof 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 7870M's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. 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 sizelarge
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 7870M: 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 80 (A100 SXM4 80 GB)
Memory bus width128 Bitof 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed4000 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth64 GB/sof 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 7870M. 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 ConnectorsNo outputs

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 7870M, 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 7870M. 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 7870M 5.57
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • Passmark

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

HD 7870M 2702

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

HD 7870M 13065

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 7870M 1507

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 7870M 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 7870M performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

The nearest Radeon HD 7870M's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce 940MX, which is faster by 1% and higher by 4 positions in our rating.

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