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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5870 MSI Lightning Edition GeForce GTX 770 Zotac AMP! Edition
Hitman 3 266% 84%
Cyberpunk 2077 181% 41%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 157% 29%
Resident Evil 8 181% 41%
FIFA 21 42% 29%
Grand Theft Auto VI 296% 99%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 149% 25%
Genshin Impact 181% 41%
Far Cry 6 307% 105%
The Medium 251% 76%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 Zotac AMP! Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 5870 MSI Lightning Edition.

The GTX 770 has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 5870. This results in the GTX 770 providing 75.2 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 GTX 770 has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5870 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 770 providing 8 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 GTX 770 was released over three years more recently than the HD 5870, and so the GTX 770 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 5870 when running the latest games.

The GTX 770 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 5870, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 770 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 770 has 76.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 5870, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 770 is much better than the HD 5870.

The Radeon HD 5870 MSI Lightning Edition has 1600 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 770 Zotac AMP! Edition has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5870 is 720 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 770 is 1846. The GTX 770 having 1126 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 770 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 5870.

The GTX 770 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5870. This means that the GTX 770 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5870.

The Radeon HD 5870 MSI Lightning Edition requires 188 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 770 Zotac AMP! Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 5870 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 770. The GTX 770 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the HD 5870. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 770 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 5870.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs1150 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1202 MHz
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Cypress XTKepler GK104-425-A2
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date23 Feb 2010vs30 Jun 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs -
1600x900
8.1
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
6.3
vs green tick
8.9
2560x1440
4.4
vs green tick
6.5
3840x2160 - vs green tick
4.8

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1200 MHzvs1800 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth153.6GB/secvs230.4GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1600vs1536
Actual Shader Performance35%vs89%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs128
Texture Rate72 GTexel/svs147.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate28.8 GPixel/svs36.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power188 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 40 Ampsvs600 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX11.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-860 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 5870 MSI Lightning Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End Radeon HD 5870, created by MSI.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 900MHz, instead of 850MHz while the Memory Clock remains the same.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System has MSI's custom-designed Twin Frozr II Thermal Design, meaning the Graphics Card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference Radeon HD 5870.
GeForce GTX 770 Zotac AMP! Edition is a special edition of GeForce GTX 770.
This edition comes with a custom dual fan cooling solution which by itself should allow a slight performance boost, as GeForce GTX 770 benefits from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology.
Also, it has been overclocked out of the box from 1046MHz to 1150MHz while its boost clock is now of 1202MHz. The memory clock was increased to 1800MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 8% performance boost when compared to the reference card and so this edition performs slightly better than GeForce GTX 590.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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