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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition Radeon HD 7870 MSI Hawk Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 115% 107%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 97% 89%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 90% 83%
FIFA 21 9% 4%
Grand Theft Auto VI 203% 191%
Hitman 3 180% 169%
Genshin Impact 115% 107%
Far Cry 6 211% 199%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 208% 197%
Watch Dogs Legion 108% 100%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7870 MSI Hawk Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition.

The HD 7870 has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the HD 7870. This results in the HD 7870 providing 7.2 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 7870 has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7870 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 7870 providing 2.9 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 HD 7870 was released less than a year after the HD 7870, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance 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 Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition and the Radeon HD 7870 MSI Hawk Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 7870 has 1.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7870, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7870 is marginally better than the HD 7870.

Both the Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition and the Radeon HD 7870 MSI Hawk Edition have 1280 Shader Processing Units. Having the same number of SPUs and using the same architecture means that the performance they offer can be compared by looking at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the HD 7870 has 7.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate and 2.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate, but the HD 7870 has 1.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth. Although the GPUs are very similar in performance, the HD 7870 takes the edge.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1010 MHzvs1100 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Pitcairn XTGCN 1.0 Pitcairn XT
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date01 Jun 2012vs01 Feb 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
9.3
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9.4
1920x1080
7.2
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7.4
2560x1440
5.4
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5.5
3840x2160
3.7
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3.8

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1210 MHzvs1200 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth154.9GB/secvs153.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs1280
Actual Shader Performance53%vs58%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs80
Texture Rate80.8 GTexel/svs88 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate32.3 GPixel/svs35.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

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

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition is a special edition of the powerful Radeon HD 7870. See the standard version for more information about it.
The new features include the DirectCU II cooling solution which is 20% more effective than the reference cooler, according to Asus and a small increase in the core-clock to 1010MHz as well as in the memory clock to 1210MHz.
Benchmarks indicate almost no performance boost when compared to the standard Radeon HD 7870 and so its performance is on level with the it as the boost is beneath 1%.
All games, including demanding one's, will run on the highest settings.
Radeon HD 7870 MSI Hawk Edition is a special edition of the powerful Radeon HD 7870. See the standard version for more information about it.
The differences include an increase in the core-clock that went from 1000MHz to 1100MHz and a new efficient cooling system.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost when compared to the standard Radeon HD 7870.
All games, including demanding ones, will run on the highest settings.
Recommended CPU
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