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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950 2GB Radeon HD 7870
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds 75% 92%
Call of Duty: WWII 98% 117%
Assassins Creed: Origins 5% 15%
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 81% 98%
FIFA 18 0% 10%
Need For Speed Payback 88% 106%
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 14% 6%
Fortnite 14% 6%
Destiny 2 75% 92%
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus 56% 71%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 2GB are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7870.

The GTX 950 has a 24 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 7870, but the Radeon HD 7870 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 950. As a result, the Radeon HD 7870 exhibits a 30.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 950. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 950 has a 24 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 7870 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 950 providing 0.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 950 was released over three years more recently than the Radeon HD 7870, and so the GTX 950 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Radeon HD 7870 when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GeForce GTX 950 2GB and the Radeon HD 7870 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The Radeon HD 7870 has 47.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 950, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon HD 7870 is noticeably better than the GTX 950.

The GeForce GTX 950 2GB has 768 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7870 has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 950 is 1232 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 7870 is 1088. The GTX 950 having 144 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Radeon HD 7870 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 950 2GB requires 90 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 7870 requires 175 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the GTX 950 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Radeon HD 7870. The Radeon HD 7870 requires 85 Watts more than the GTX 950 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon HD 7870 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 950.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1024 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1188 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM206-250GCN 1.0 Pitcairn XT
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date20 Aug 2015vs05 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
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1920x1080
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2560x1440
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1653 MHzvs1200 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth105.8GB/secvs153.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 48% vs green tick 53%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units768vs1280
Actual Shader Performance59%vs52%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units48vs80
Texture Rate49.2 GTexel/svs80 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate32.8 GPixel/svs32 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power90 Wattsvs175 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 23 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4460 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 950 2GB is a Fast-Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
GeForce GTX 950 2GB Features a GPU Codenamed GM206-250 which is a Second Gen Maxwell GPU. It offers DirectX Feature Level of 12.1 and the Third Generation Delta Color Compression Technology which increases bandwidth efficiency by 30%.
It has 6 Stream Multiprocessors activated and offers 768 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1024MHz and goes up to 1188MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 128-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1653MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 2GB.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 90W, it requires at least a 400W PSU and one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate Similar Performance to AMD's Radeon R9 270X, using the best suited Resolution - 1920x1080.
As a Result, AMD's Radeon R9 370 is considerably slower and Large Factory Overclocked Versions of GeForce GTX 950, may match GeForce GTX 960's Performance.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 950 2GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Performance Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
Radeon HD 7870 is a Performance Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off.
GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Pitcairn XT which has 20 Compute Units activated and thus offers 1280 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 1000MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1200MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 175W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

Performance
Radeon HD 7870 competes with GeForce GTX 660 Ti but its performance was only slightly above the lower positioned GeForce GTX 660 and so GeForce GTX 660 Ti was considerably faster.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 7870 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPUAMD Athlon II X4 651
AMD Athlon II X4 651K
AMD APU A8-3870K Quad-Core
AMD Athlon II X4 650
Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Intel Core i7-4785T 4-Core 2.2GHz
Intel Xeon E5-2407 v2
Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz
Intel Core i5-4670S 3.1GHz
Intel Xeon Processor W3670
Possible GPU Upgrades-Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU III OC Strix Gaming 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus ROG Matrix Platinum Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition
GPU VariantsGeForce GTX 950 Asus Mini 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Palit StormX 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 PNY 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Gainward 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Inno3D OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 MSI Armor 2X OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 MSI OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Palit StormX Dual OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Zotac 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Gigabyte WindForce 2X OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Asus OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 EVGA Superclocked 2.0 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 EVGA Superclocked+ ACX 2.0 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Asus DirectCU II OC Strix Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Galax KFA2 OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Zotac OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Inno3D iChill 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 EVGA SSC ACX 2.0 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Inno3D iChill Ultra 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Galax KFA2 EX OC White 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Zotac AMP! 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 Gigabyte XTREME Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 950 2GB SLI
Radeon HD 7870 Club3D royalQueen 2GB Edition
Radeon HD 7870 Sapphire GHz 2GB Edition
Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition
Radeon HD 7870 PowerColor OC Edition
Radeon HD 7870 Twin Frozr III OC 2GB Edition
Radeon HD 7870 MSI OC Edition
Radeon HD 7870 HIS IceQ Edition
Radeon HD 7870 Club3D GHz Edition
Radeon HD 7870 Double D Edition
Radeon HD 7870 XFX Core Edition
Radeon HD 7870 Club3D jokerCard 2GB Edition
Radeon HD 7870 Sapphire GHz OC Edition
Radeon HD 7870 Double D Black Edition
Radeon HD 7870 Gigabyte OC Edition
Radeon HD 7870 MSI Hawk Edition
Radeon HD 7870 HIS IceQ Turbo Edition
Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II TOP v2 Edition
Radeon HD 7870 HIS IceQ X Turbo Edition
Radeon HD 7870 PowerColor Devil Edition
Radeon HD 7870 PowerColor PCS+ 2GB Edition
Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition