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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 4870 Sapphire Vapor-X 1GB Edition GeForce GTX 760 MSI TwinFrozr Gaming OC 4GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 328% 67%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 328% 67%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 300% 56%
Cyberpunk 2077 488% 129%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 488% 129%
Borderlands 3 352% 76%
The Outer Worlds 292% 53%
FIFA 20 128% 11%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 96% 24%
eFootball PES 2020 192% 14%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 MSI TwinFrozr Gaming OC 4GB Edition are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 4870 Sapphire Vapor-X 1GB Edition.

The GTX 760 has a 335 MHz higher core clock speed and 56 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 4870. This results in the GTX 760 providing 74.2 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 760 has a 335 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the HD 4870. This results in the GTX 760 providing 22.7 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 760 was released over three years more recently than the HD 4870, and so the GTX 760 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 4870 when running the latest games.

The GTX 760 has 3072 MB more video memory than the HD 4870, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 760 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 760 has 77.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 4870, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 760 is much better than the HD 4870.

The Radeon HD 4870 Sapphire Vapor-X 1GB Edition has 800 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 760 MSI TwinFrozr Gaming OC 4GB Edition has 1152. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 4870 is 420 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 760 is 1325. The GTX 760 having 905 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 760 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 4870.

The GTX 760 transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 4870. This means that the GTX 760 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 4870.

The Radeon HD 4870 Sapphire Vapor-X 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 760 MSI TwinFrozr Gaming OC 4GB Edition requires 170 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 4870 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 760. The GTX 760 requires 20 Watts more than the HD 4870 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 760 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the HD 4870.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed750 MHzvs1085 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1150 MHz
ArchitectureR700 RV770 PROKepler GK104-225-A2
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date07 Mar 2009vs25 Jun 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
6.5
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
5
vs green tick
8.1
2560x1440
2.8
vs green tick
5.8
3840x2160
1.9
vs green tick
4.2

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth115.2GB/secvs192.3GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units800vs1152
Actual Shader Performance20%vs64%
Technology55nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs96
Texture Rate30 GTexel/svs104.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate12 GPixel/svs34.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs170 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs500 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX10.1vs12.0
Shader Model4.1vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33GHzvsIntel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM6 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 4870 Sapphire Vapor-X 1GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's High-End Radeon HD 4890, created by Sapphire.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit remains the same.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock remains the same while the Frame Buffer was doubled to 1GB: useful at higher resolutions.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System has been replaced by Sapphire's Vapor-X Cooling Solution, which has cooling module on the GPU together with a heatsink and profiled fan venting heat out of the case.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference Radeon HD 4870.
GeForce GTX 760 MSI TwinFrozr Gaming OC 4GB Edition a special edition of GeForce GTX 760.
This edition comes with a custom dual-fan cooling solution which by itself should allow a slight performance boost, as GeForce GTX 760 benefits from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology.
Also, it has been overclocked out of the box from 980MHz to 1085MHz while its boost clock is now of 1150MHz. The memory clock was left untouched. Furthermore, the frame buffer was doubled to 4GB though this will not boost its performance and can be addressed as a gimmick - marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.
Benchmarks indicate a 7% performance boost when compared to the reference card and so this edition performs on level with GeForce GTX 670.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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