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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 295 Asus Mars ROG 4GB Edition Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition
Hitman 3 166% 180%
Cyberpunk 2077 105% 115%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 87% 97%
FIFA 21 3% 9%
Grand Theft Auto VI 188% 203%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 81% 90%
Resident Evil 8 105% 115%
Genshin Impact 105% 115%
Far Cry 6 196% 211%
The Medium 155% 168%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 Asus Mars ROG 4GB Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition.

The HD 7870 has a 362 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 295, but the GTX 295 has 80 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7870. As a result, the GTX 295 exhibits a 22.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 7870. 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 362 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 295, but the GTX 295 has 24 more Render Output Units than the HD 7870. As a result, the GTX 295 exhibits a 4 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 295, 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 295.

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 GTX 295 has 2048 MB more video memory than the HD 7870, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 295 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 295 has 126.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7870, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 295 is massively better than the HD 7870.

The GeForce GTX 295 Asus Mars ROG 4GB Edition has 480 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2GB Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 295 is 715 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1099. The HD 7870 having 384 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 295 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 7870 transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 295. This means that the HD 7870 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 295.

The GeForce GTX 295 Asus Mars ROG 4GB Edition requires 500 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 750 Watts for the GTX 295.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed648 MHzvs1010 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G200-400-B3 (x2)GCN 1.0 Pitcairn XT
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date17 Jun 2009vs01 Jun 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs -
1600x900
9.2
vs green tick
9.3
1920x1080
7.4
green tick vs
7.2
2560x1440
5.5
green tick vs
5.4
3840x2160
4.1
green tick vs
3.7

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1100 MHzvs1210 MHz
Memory Bus1024 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth281.6GB/secvs154.9GB/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 Units480vs1280
Actual Shader Performance34%vs53%
Technology55nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units160vs80
Texture Rate103.7 GTexel/svs80.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units56vs32
Pixel Rate36.3 GPixel/svs32.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power500 Watts-
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 55 Amps-

GPU Features

DirectX10.0vs12.0
Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-960 Quad 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 295 Asus Mars ROG 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's Dual Graphics GeForce GTX 295, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 648MHz, instead 576MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock runs at 1100MHz while the Frame Buffer is now of 4GB. This is a gimmick and in no way benefits the GPU. Furthermore, the GPU now accesses a 1024-bit bus width.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System remains the same.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 20% performance boost over the reference GeForce GTX 295.
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.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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