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AMD Radeon HD 7870 Five-Way Shootout

AMD Radeon HD 7870 Five-Way Shootout


Test Setup & Custom Card Comparison

Test Setup

As usual, the following are the specs of our trusty graphics card test bed system:

  • Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 G.Skill memory in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

The list of benchmarks used:

  • Futuremark 3DMark 11
  • Unigine v2.1 "Heaven"
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Far Cry 2
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Crysis 2
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Dirt 3
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

 For easy reference, here's a comparison of all the custom Radeon HD 7870 cards tested as well as the AMD reference card. All 7870s were tested using AMD Catalyst 12.3.


Card Core Clock Speed Memory Clock Speed
AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB GDDR5 1000MHz 4800MHz DDR
ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU2 TOP 2GB GDDR5 1100MHz 5000MHz DDR
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC 2GB GDDR5 1100MHz 4800MHz DDR
HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GB GDDR5 1100MHz 4800MHz DDR
MSI Radeon HD 7870 Hawk 2GB GDDR5 1100MHz 4800MHz DDR
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 OC 2GB GDDR5 1050MHz 4800MHz DDR