R9 370 vs HD 7870 XT

Price now 70$
Games supported 76%
AMD Radeon R9 370
Radeon R9 370
  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 925 MHz
  • Max video memory 4096
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 5600 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
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
Price now 133$
Games supported 76%

General info

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

Place in performance rating290301
Value for money6.218.62
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 (2012−2020)GCN 1.0 (2012−2020)
GPU code nameTrinidadTahiti
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date5 May 2015 (7 years ago)19 November 2012 (9 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)no data$270
Current price$70 $133 (0.5x MSRP)
Value for money

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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 cores12801536
Core clock speed925 MHz925 MHz
Boost clock speed975 MHz975 MHz
Number of transistors2,800 million4,313 million
Manufacturing process technology28 nm28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)110 Watt185 Watt
Texture fill rate78.0093.60
Floating-point performance2,496 gflops2,995 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).

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
Length221 mm267 mm
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin2x 6-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 typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount4 GB2 GB
Memory bus width256 Bit256 Bit
Memory clock speed5600 MHz6000 MHz
Memory bandwidth179.2 GB/s192.0 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 Connectors2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (11_1)12 (11_1)
Shader Model5.15.1

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.

R9 370 15.93
HD 7870 XT 15.08
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

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: 26%

R9 370 4722
HD 7870 XT 4469

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%

R9 370 5249
HD 7870 XT 6390

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 370 and Radeon HD 7870 XT. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 336 Mh/s 346 Mh/s
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) no data 14.5 Mh/s

Gaming performance

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

Average FPS

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

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Popular games

Advantages and disadvantages

Performance rating 15.93 15.08
Novelty 5 May 2015 19 November 2012
Pipelines / CUDA cores 1280 1536
Memory bandwidth 179.2 192
Thermal design power (TDP) 110 Watt 185 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

AMD Radeon R9 370
AMD Radeon R9 370


AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT
AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT

The differences in performance seem too small.

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Competitors of Radeon R9 370 by NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon R9 370's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 760, which is faster by 1% and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 GeForce GTX 760

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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 3 positions in our rating.

NVIDIA P104-100 P104 100

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