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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 285 SLI Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 105% 115%
Hitman 3 167% 180%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 88% 97%
Resident Evil 8 105% 115%
FIFA 21 4% 9%
Grand Theft Auto VI 189% 203%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 82% 90%
The Medium 156% 168%
Genshin Impact 105% 115%
Far Cry 6 197% 211%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 SLI are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition.

The HD 7870 has a 362 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 285, but the GTX 285 has 80 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7870. As a result, the GTX 285 exhibits a 22.9 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 362 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 285, but the GTX 285 has 32 more Render Output Units than the HD 7870. As a result, the GTX 285 exhibits a 9.2 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 over three years more recently than the GTX 285, 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 GTX 285 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 GeForce GTX 285 SLI 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 GTX 285 has 163.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7870, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 285 is massively better than the HD 7870.

The GeForce GTX 285 SLI has 480 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 285 is 311 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1099. The HD 7870 having 788 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 285 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 7870 transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 285. This means that the HD 7870 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 285.

The GeForce GTX 285 SLI requires 408 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 285.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed648 MHzvs1010 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla GT200 B3 (x2)GCN 1.0 Pitcairn XT
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Good
Release Date01 Dec 2008vs01 Jun 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1242 MHzvs1210 MHz
Memory Bus1024 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth318GB/secvs154.9GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units480vs1280
Actual Shader Performance15%vs53%
Texture Mapping Units160vs80
Texture Rate103.7 GTexel/svs80.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate41.5 GPixel/svs32.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections4vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power408 Watts-
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 55 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL2.1vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 285 SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 285 put together using NVIDIA'S SLI technology.
SLI relies a lot on proper driver support and may cause micro stuttering in FPS below 30. This means this combination might even perform worse than a single GTX 285.
The optimal performance it delivers is largely better than a single GeForce GTX 295.
Therefore, this combination is sufficient for gaming at 1080p and most demanding games can be played at the highest settings.
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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