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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition Radeon HD 3870
Cyberpunk 2077 178% 867%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 154% 784%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 146% 755%
FIFA 21 40% 388%
Grand Theft Auto VI 291% 1260%
Hitman 3 262% 1157%
Genshin Impact 178% 867%
Far Cry 6 302% 1299%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 298% 1286%
Watch Dogs Legion 168% 832%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 3870.

The Radeon HD 3870 has a 127 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 470, but the GTX 470 has 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 3870. As a result, the GTX 470 exhibits a 24 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon HD 3870. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon HD 3870 has a 127 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 470, but the GTX 470 has 24 more Render Output Units than the Radeon HD 3870. As a result, the GTX 470 exhibits a 13.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon HD 3870. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 470 was released over a year more recently than the Radeon HD 3870, and so the GTX 470 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon HD 3870.

The GTX 470 has 768 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 3870, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 470 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 470 has 63.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 3870, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 470 is much better than the Radeon HD 3870.

The GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition has 448 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3870 has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 470 is 582 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 3870 is 249. The GTX 470 having 333 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 470 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 3870.

The GTX 470 transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon HD 3870. This means that the GTX 470 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon HD 3870.

The GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition requires 215 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 3870 requires 106 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 470 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon HD 3870. The GTX 470 requires 109 Watts more than the Radeon HD 3870 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 470 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon HD 3870.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs777 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF100-275-A3R600 RV670 XT
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Discontinued
Release Date01 Jun 2010vs19 Nov 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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4.6
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GPU Memory

Memory1280 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed850 MHzvs1126 MHz
Memory Bus320 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR4
Memory Bandwidth136GB/secvs72.1GB/sec
L2 Cache 640 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units448vs320
Actual Shader Performance28%vs12%
Technology40nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs16
Texture Rate36.4 GTexel/svs12.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units40vs16
Pixel Rate26 GPixel/svs12.4 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs0
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power215 Wattsvs106 Watts
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 38 Ampsvs450 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10.1
Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1440x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 470.
This edition comes with a dual-fan custom solution and overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 607MHz to 650MHz, while the operating memory clock is now of 850MHz, instead of 837MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 7% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
Radeon HD 3870 is a high-end GPU based on the 55nm, second unified shader architecture, R600.
It's based on the RV670 XT Core and offers 320 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 16 ROPs a 256-bit memory interface of energy efficient GDDR4. The central unit runs at 777MHz and the memory clock runs at up to 1126MHz.
Compared to Radeon HD 3850, it offers extra bandwidth (thanks to the higher operating memory clock resultant from using GDDR4) and the central unit is higher clocked. However, it also consumes up to around extra 30W. This value would be higher were standard GDDR3 used.
Today's modern games should run fluently at medium settings but with modest resolutions. DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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