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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 240 MSI Low Profile 4GB Edition Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 786% 115%
Hitman 3 1053% 180%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 711% 97%
Resident Evil 8 786% 115%
FIFA 21 347% 9%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1147% 203%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 684% 90%
Genshin Impact 786% 115%
The Medium 1006% 168%
Far Cry 6 1182% 211%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition are massively better than the AMD Radeon R7 240 MSI Low Profile 4GB Edition.

The HD 7870 has a 280 MHz higher core clock speed and 60 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 240. This results in the HD 7870 providing 66.2 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 HD 7870 has a 280 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Render Output Units than the R7 240. This results in the HD 7870 providing 26.5 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 R7 240 was released over a year more recently than the HD 7870, and so the R7 240 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 7870.

The R7 240 has 2048 MB more video memory than the HD 7870, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the HD 7870 has superior memory performance.

The HD 7870 has 126.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 240, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7870 is massively better than the R7 240.

The Radeon R7 240 MSI Low Profile 4GB Edition has 320 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 240 is 212 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1099. The HD 7870 having 887 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7870 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R7 240.

The Radeon R7 240 MSI Low Profile 4GB Edition requires 35 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 400 Watts for the R7 240.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed730 MHzvs1010 MHz
Boost Clock780 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Oland PROGCN 1.0 Pitcairn XT
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date16 Oct 2013vs01 Jun 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
6.4
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1600x900
4.9
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9.3
1920x1080
3.1
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7.2
2560x1440
2.3
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5.4
3840x2160
1.5
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3.7

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs1210 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units320vs1280
Actual Shader Performance10%vs53%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units20vs80
Texture Rate14.6 GTexel/svs80.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs32
Pixel Rate5.8 GPixel/svs32.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power35 Watts-
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 20 Amps-

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R7 240 MSI Low Profile 4GB Edition is a special edition of the middle-class Radeon R7 240 2GB.
This edition is essentially a smaller version of the reference card with no overclock out of the box and thus there is no performance boost over the standard edition.
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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