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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition Quadro Plex 7000
Cyberpunk 2077 115% 102%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 97% 85%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 90% 79%
FIFA 21 9% 2%
Grand Theft Auto VI 203% 185%
Hitman 3 180% 163%
Genshin Impact 115% 102%
Far Cry 6 211% 193%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 208% 190%
Watch Dogs Legion 108% 95%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia Quadro Plex 7000 are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition.

The HD 7870 has a 436 MHz higher core clock speed but 48 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the Quadro Plex 7000. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the HD 7870 manages to provide 7.3 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 436 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro Plex 7000, but the Quadro Plex 7000 has 64 more Render Output Units than the HD 7870. As a result, the Quadro Plex 7000 exhibits a 22.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 7870. 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 Quadro Plex 7000, 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 Quadro Plex 7000 has 10240 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 Quadro Plex 7000 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Quadro Plex 7000 has 133.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7870, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro Plex 7000 is massively better than the HD 7870.

The Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro Plex 7000 has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1099 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro Plex 7000 is 1176. The Quadro Plex 7000 having 77 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Quadro Plex 7000 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 7870.

The HD 7870 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro Plex 7000. This means that the HD 7870 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro Plex 7000.

The Quadro Plex 7000 requires 600 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD 7870. We would recommend a PSU with at least 900 Watts for the Quadro Plex 7000, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the HD 7870.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1010 MHzvs574 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Pitcairn XTFermi GF100 (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date01 Jun 2012vs25 Jul 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
9.3
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1920x1080
7.2
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2560x1440
5.4
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3840x2160
3.7
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs12288 MB
Memory Speed1210 MHzvs750 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth154.9GB/secvs288GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs1024
Actual Shader Performance53%vs57%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs128
Texture Rate80.8 GTexel/svs73.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs96
Pixel Rate32.3 GPixel/svs55.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs4
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-600 Watts
Recommended PSU-900 Watts & 60 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHz
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.
Quadro Plex 7000 is an enthusiast professional card based on the 40nm, Fermi architecture.

It's based on 2 Fermi GF100 GPUs and thus offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 96 ROPs, on a 768-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 574MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 750MHz. It has a L2 Cache of 1536KB and a rated board TDP of 600 Watts.

Despite exhibiting similarities to GeForce GTX 590, due to being under-clocked and because Quadro Plex 7000's drivers are only certified for professional applications only, its gaming performance is up to 10% slower than GeForce GTX 590.
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