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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition Quadro FX 4800
Cyberpunk 2077 115% 740%
Hitman 3 180% 992%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 97% 668%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 90% 643%
FIFA 21 9% 323%
Grand Theft Auto VI 203% 1081%
Far Cry 6 211% 1115%
Genshin Impact 115% 740%
Battlefield 6 180% 992%
Resident Evil 8 115% 740%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition are massively better than the Nvidia Quadro FX 4800.

The HD 7870 was released less than a year after the Quadro FX 4800, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The HD 7870 has 512 MB more video memory than the Quadro FX 4800, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 7870 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 7870 has 78.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Quadro FX 4800, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7870 is much better than the Quadro FX 4800.

The Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro FX 4800 has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1099 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro FX 4800 is 116. The HD 7870 having 983 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7870 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Quadro FX 4800.

The HD 7870 transistor size technology is 37 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro FX 4800. This means that the HD 7870 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro FX 4800.

The Quadro FX 4800 requires 150 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD 7870. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Quadro FX 4800, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the HD 7870.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1010 MHzvs602 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Pitcairn XTGT200b GL
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Good vs -
Release Date01 Jun 2012vs08 Nov 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1536 MB
Memory Speed1210 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth154.9GB/secvs76.8GB/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 Units1280vs192
Actual Shader Performance53%vs6%
Texture Mapping Units80vs-
Texture Rate80.8 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units32vs-
Pixel Rate32.3 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs-
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-150 Watts
Recommended PSU-750 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.4vs3.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz-
Recommended RAM8 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080-

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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.
The Quadro® FX 4800 ultra-high-end solution gives geophysicists, designers, scientists, engineers, and other technical professionals visual computing from their desktops. Professional applications take advantage of the Quadro FX 4800 advanced feature set, including 1.5 GB of frame buffer, providing professionals the right set of tools to deliver results that push the realms of visualization.
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