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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition GeForce 8800 GS
Cyberpunk 2077 115% 786%
Hitman 3 180% 1053%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 97% 711%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 90% 684%
FIFA 21 9% 347%
Grand Theft Auto VI 203% 1147%
Far Cry 6 211% 1182%
Genshin Impact 115% 786%
Battlefield 6 180% 1053%
Resident Evil 8 115% 786%

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 GeForce 8800 GS.

The HD 7870 has a 460 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce 8800 GS. This results in the HD 7870 providing 54.4 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 460 MHz higher core clock speed and 20 more Render Output Units than the GeForce 8800 GS. This results in the HD 7870 providing 25.7 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 over three years more recently than the GeForce 8800 GS, and so the HD 7870 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce 8800 GS when running the latest games.

The HD 7870 has 1664 MB more video memory than the GeForce 8800 GS, 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 116.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 8800 GS, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7870 is massively better than the GeForce 8800 GS.

The Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8800 GS has 96. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1099 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 8800 GS is 132. The HD 7870 having 967 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 GeForce 8800 GS.

The HD 7870 transistor size technology is 37 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 8800 GS. This means that the HD 7870 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 8800 GS.

The GeForce 8800 GS requires 105 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD 7870. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GeForce 8800 GS, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the HD 7870.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1010 MHzvs550 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Pitcairn XTG92
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs -
Release Date01 Jun 2012vs01 Jan 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs384 MB
Memory Speed1210 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth154.9GB/secvs38.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs96
Actual Shader Performance53%vs6%
Texture Mapping Units80vs48
Texture Rate80.8 GTexel/svs26.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs12
Pixel Rate32.3 GPixel/svs6.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-105 Watts
Recommended PSU-450 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.4vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1280x720

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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.
GeForce 8800 GS is a high-end GFX based on the 65nm variant of the first-shader unified architecture.
It's based on the G92 Core and offers 96 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 12 ROPs, on a 192-bit memory interface of GDDR3. The central unit runs at 550MHz and the memory clock operates 800MHz. It will consume no more than 105 Watt.
GeForce 8800 GS was added later to the GeForce 8000 Series and was manufactured with an upgraded G8X Core known as G92 (later used on the GeForce 9000 Series). It's manufactured with a smaller technology (65nm VS 90nm) and therefore heats less and consumes less power. Compared to GeForce 8800 GT, it performs significantly worse - especially at higher resolutions.
Today's modern demanding games can be played at medium (most) or high settings (some) smoothly. However, DirectX 11 based games aren't supported and its performance will decrease substantially, as the resolution increases.
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