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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7870 PowerColor Devil Edition GeForce GTX 460 SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 105% 113%
Hitman 3 167% 177%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 88% 95%
Resident Evil 8 105% 113%
FIFA 21 3% 8%
Grand Theft Auto VI 188% 200%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 81% 89%
The Medium 156% 166%
Genshin Impact 105% 113%
Far Cry 6 197% 208%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7870 PowerColor Devil Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 SLI.

The HD 7870 has a 425 MHz higher core clock speed but 32 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 460. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the HD 7870 manages to provide 12.4 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 425 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 460, but the GTX 460 has 32 more Render Output Units than the HD 7870. As a result, the GTX 460 exhibits a 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 over a year more recently than the GTX 460, and so the HD 7870 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 460.

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 PowerColor Devil Edition and the GeForce GTX 460 SLI have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 460 has 70.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7870, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 460 is much better than the HD 7870.

The Radeon HD 7870 PowerColor Devil Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 460 SLI has 672. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 957 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 460 is 907. The HD 7870 having 50 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 460 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 7870 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 460. This means that the HD 7870 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 460.

The GeForce GTX 460 SLI requires 380 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD 7870. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7870 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 460. The GTX 460 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the HD 7870. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 460 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 7870.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1100 MHzvs675 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Pitcairn XTFermi GF104-300-KB-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs None
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date01 May 2012vs01 Jul 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth160GB/secvs230.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs672
Actual Shader Performance46%vs44%
Texture Mapping Units80vs112
Texture Rate88 GTexel/svs75.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate35.2 GPixel/svs43.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs4
HDMI Connections1vs2
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-380 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs600 Watts & 26 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz-
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 7870 PowerColor Devil Edition is a special edition of the powerful Radeon HD 7870. See the standard version for more information about it.
The differences include an increase in the core-clock that went from 1000MHz to 1100MHz, memory clock, once 1200MHz and now 1250MHz a new quiet and efficient cooling system is also available.
Benchmarks indicate a 6% performance boost when compared to the standard Radeon HD 7870.
GeForce GTX 460 SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 460 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 460.
The optimal performance it delivers is slightly better than a single GeForce GTX 480.
Therefore, this combination is sufficient for gaming at 1080p and most demanding games can be played at the highest settings.
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