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Old 03-04-2012, 08:10 PM   #1
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Title: AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition Video Card Review
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"The new Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition is targeted to users who want a high-end video card but don't want to*pay an arm and a leg to buy one. Let's take a look at its performance.This new video card is ba..."

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Old 03-05-2012, 04:13 AM   #2
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I'm not entirely certain, but some of the benches seem 'capped' out or maybe not working properly. For instance, Deus Ex HR only has a 4 fps difference between the 7970 and 7870 @1200p. The 7870 basically ties or beats the GTX 580 in all but FarCry 2 using essentially the same physical hardware + updated drivers. In addition, the 7870 pretty much ties the 7970 for performance. Is this the drivers or am I missing something?

Links: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...-Review/1458/1

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...-Review/1501/1

If the benchmarks are indeed indicative of the GPU's true performance, either NVIDIA's drivers turbocharged the 5xx series recently or I suppose you could say a 7870 nips at the heels of a 580 with older drivers. Eitherway, I'm at a loss for explaining this.


One big point that I think is often overlooked is that these two GPUs take significantly less power than other GPUs in the same class. For people looking to upgrade or build anew, this can equate to some real saving in the sense that you can stick with lower wattage PSUs. This could hypothetically, save you from buying a new PSU when upgrading. So while it may be a bit more pricier upfront, you do get added value with less power/heat/noise.
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Thanks, C.W., good points.
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"The Radeon HD 7870 is up to 12% faster than its predecessor, the Radeon HD 6970"

really I would have thought the predecessor would have been the (mid range) 6870
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:29 PM   #5
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The GeForce mentioned in the table on Page 1 of Radeon HD 7870 review has 480 shaders. GTX 470 had 448 shaders.
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Thanks for poiting out this error, fixed. We had to rush these two reviews, as we got the pricing information on friday to post the review on sunday. Can you believe that? Both AMD and NVIDIA always screw us like this.
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