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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition FirePro W9000
Cyberpunk 2077 115% 106%
Hitman 3 180% 168%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 97% 89%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 90% 83%
FIFA 21 9% 4%
Grand Theft Auto VI 203% 190%
Far Cry 6 211% 199%
Genshin Impact 115% 106%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 208% 196%
Battlefield 6 180% 168%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD FirePro W9000 are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition.

The HD 7870 has a 35 MHz higher core clock speed than the FirePro W9000, but the FirePro W9000 has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7870. As a result, the FirePro W9000 exhibits a 44 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 7870. 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 35 MHz higher core clock speed than the FirePro W9000 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 7870 providing 1.1 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 FirePro W9000 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 FirePro W9000 has 4096 MB more video memory than the HD 7870, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the FirePro W9000 also has superior memory performance overall.

The FirePro W9000 has 109.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7870, which means that the memory performance of the FirePro W9000 is massively better than the HD 7870.

The Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the FirePro W9000 has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1099 and the actual shader performance of the FirePro W9000 is 1298. The FirePro W9000 having 199 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the FirePro W9000 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 7870.

The FirePro W9000 requires 274 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD 7870. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the FirePro W9000, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the HD 7870.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1010 MHzvs975 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Pitcairn XTTahiti XT
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Good vs -
Release Date01 Jun 2012vs01 Aug 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1210 MHzvs1375 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth154.9GB/secvs264GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs2048
Actual Shader Performance53%vs62%
Texture Mapping Units80vs128
Texture Rate80.8 GTexel/svs124.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate32.3 GPixel/svs31.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-274 Watts
Recommended PSU-600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

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

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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.
FirePro W9000 is a server GPU based on the 28nm GCN architecture.
It's based on the Tahiti XT Core (same used on 7970) and therefore offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs on a 384-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked 975MHz while the memory clock operates at 1375MHZ.
Compared to Radeon HD 7970, its central unit is slightly higher clocked but overall its gaming performance is lower than Radeon HD 7970 because Radeon HD 7970 benefits from certified gaming drivers which unlock the GCN's architecture potential while FirePro W9000 is made for professional applications. Therefore, expect its performance to be between 1% and 3% worse than Radeon HD 7970.
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