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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7870 XT Sapphire Edition Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 102% 115%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 85% 97%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 79% 90%
Hitman 3 163% 180%
Grand Theft Auto VI 184% 203%
FIFA 21 2% 9%
Far Cry 6 192% 211%
Genshin Impact 102% 115%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 189% 208%
Watch Dogs Legion 95% 108%

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

The HD 7870 has a 85 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7870 XT, but the HD 7870 XT has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7870. As a result, the HD 7870 XT exhibits a 8 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 85 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7870 XT and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 7870 providing 2.7 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 XT 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 XT Sapphire Edition and the Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB 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 XT has 37.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7870, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7870 XT is noticeably better than the HD 7870.

The Radeon HD 7870 XT Sapphire Edition has 1536 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 XT is 1208 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1099. The HD 7870 XT having 109 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7870 XT delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 7870.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7870 XT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed925 MHzvs1010 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Tahiti LEGCN 1.0 Pitcairn XT
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date01 Oct 2012vs01 Jun 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1210 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192GB/secvs154.9GB/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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1536vs1280
Actual Shader Performance58%vs53%
Texture Mapping Units96vs80
Texture Rate88.8 GTexel/svs80.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs32.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

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Recommended PSU500 Watts-

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM-8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 7870 XT Sapphire Edition is a special edition of Radeon HD 7870 XT (not to be confused with Radeon HD 7870). Refer to Radeon 7870 XT's page to know more about it.
This edition features a new cooling system but has no overclocking out of the box and so it performs exactly like the reference Radeon HD 7870 XT.
Radeon 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.
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