Radeon HD 7870 

Released March, 2012
  • 1 GHz
  • 2 GB GDDR5
6.4 Out of 10

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Looking at performance-per-watt in games, the HD 7870 jokerCard is the least power-efficient card from AMD.
by techPowerUp! (Dec, 2012)
The HD 7870 is a very efficient design, so the jokerCard with its Tahiti processor doesn't do well.
by techPowerUp! (Dec, 2012)

GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon HD 7870 among GPUs between $200 and $400

Gaming

Radeon HD 7870
6.1
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

Radeon HD 7870
8.6
T-Rex, Manhattan, Sky Diver Factor and Fire Strike Factor

Computing

Radeon HD 7870
6.7
Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Radeon HD 7870
6.5
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Value

Radeon HD 7870
5.4
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

Radeon HD 7870
7.1
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

6.4

Overall Score

Radeon HD 7870
6.4

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon HD 7870

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
315.6 mHash/s
Radeon R9 270X
293.29 mHash/s
Radeon R9 270
293.29 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
59.82 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 270X
57.23 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 270
57.23 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
3,357.56
Radeon R9 270X
3,353.98
Radeon R9 270
3,359.76

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7870
3,716.74
Radeon R9 270X
3,713.26
Radeon R9 270
3,717.7

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon HD 7870
50.4

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon HD 7870
327.59
Radeon R9 270
315.21

Battlefield 4

Radeon HD 7870
43

Crysis 3

Radeon HD 7870
25.8

Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon HD 7870


8.9
The card uses a clean stylish design with a black cooler that has a perfectly flat top.

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Performance

You may combine up to two HD 7870 cards from any vendor in a multi-GPU CrossFire configuration for higher framerates or better image quality settings.
by techPowerUp! (Jul, 2012)
Going from 1000 / 1200 MHz (core/memory) on the reference design to 1050 / 1200 MHz helped the card gain about 2% real life performance over the reference card.
by techPowerUp! (Apr, 2012)
A single CrossFire connector is available, so you may combine this card with another Tahiti-based HD 7870 for improved performance.
by techPowerUp! (Dec, 2012)

Consumption

Looking at performance per watt, the design is just as efficient as the HD 7970 GHz Edition, which means these two cards are the least efficient of AMD's current lineup.
by techPowerUp! (Jan, 2013)
Looking at performance per Watt, the design is just as efficient as the HD 7970 GHz Edition, which means these two cards are the least efficient of AMD's current lineup.
by techPowerUp! (Dec, 2012)
Tahiti LE based graphics cards are definitely not the best choice if you care about power consumption.
by techPowerUp! (Jan, 2013)

Power

We disabled the power-limiting system on cards with power-limiting systems or configured it to the highest available setting - if possible.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2012)
The card runs full 3D voltage even if idle voltages would be sufficient, which results in extra power draw for that particular scenario.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2012)
Power consumption of the Sapphire HD 7870 Flex is pretty much the same as the AMD reference design.
by techPowerUp! (Jul, 2012)

Gaming

A few months after the launch, the game was transformed into a Play4Free branded game.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2012)
With that much power, it's a good choice for maximum-detailed full-HD gaming.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2012)
We see an increase of about 10 W during gaming, which is justified due to the higher clock speeds out of the box.
by techPowerUp! (Apr, 2012)

Framerate

You may combine up to two HD 7870 cards from any vendor in a multi-GPU CrossFire configuration for higher frame rates or better image-quality settings.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2012)
It earns its keep when power usage is a major concern, and delivers fine frame rates in games across the board.
by Matthew-Murray (Mar, 2012)
On the other hand, you can find a GTX 670 for $400 now, which supports three monitors, too, without adapter and provides about 30% more performance, which might be crucial to drive your three monitors at high framerates.
by techPowerUp! (Jul, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GPU brand AMD
GPU name Pitcairn XT
Market Desktop
Clock speed 1,000 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card None

raw performance

Shading units 1,280
Texture mapping units 80
Render output processors 32
Compute units 20
Pixel rate 32 GPixel/s
Texture rate 80 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 2,560 GFLOPS

memory

Memory clock speed 1,200 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 4,800 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit
Memory 2,048 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 175W
Idle noise level 39.5 dB
Load noise level 48.8 dB
Idle power consumption 108W
Load power consumption 295W
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Definitely a killer for the price and add in Mantle and you are flying on top of the world. Even listed for a whooping 31% discount on Amazon right now http://amzn.to/1pRtuzS
if u got a good 22" monotor n need a good graphic card go with this card it just plays any game at full HD with max settings. If u need best performance n money is not concerned go with the newer n cooler NVIDIA GTX 760.
Radeon HD 7870 vs a gtx 680 Radeon has better price performance (I found an OC version for 178.98, sapphire GHz edition 2gb) GTX 680, is 31% better but also costs more 11% power (The cheapest ones are 300 euros or more
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