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The AMD ATI Radeon HD 7870 measures 24cm long (9.4 in). The GPU core is clocked at 1000MHz and the GDDR5 memory operates at 1200MHz (4.8GHz DDR), The HD 7870 carries 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs, it also adopts the 28nm design process and is PCI Express 3.0-compatible.
Outruns similarly priced GTX 500-series Nvidia cards.
Lots of overclocking headroom.
Support for 4K video and other forward-looking features.
High performance for price.
Impressively low power draw.
Excellent energy efficiency.
Native full size HDMI & DisplayPort output.
Adds support for PCIExpress 3.0 and DirectX 11.1.
4K video content and screens likely won’t be common for a year or more.
Not worthy update for HD 6900 owners.
Competing GPUs offer similar performance for less.
Requires two PCIe power connections.
Blocks an expansion slot when installed.
Noise levels a tad bit high.
By TechSpot on March 05, 2012
Let me start by providing you some hard facts on the performance we observed from the new Radeon HD 7800 GPUs. Gaming on the Radeon HD 7870 at 2560x1600, it was on average just 12% slower than the HD 7950 and 7% slower than the GeForce GTX 580....
By Vortez on March 29, 2012
The AMD HD7870 is an interesting proposition for AMD to make in an already bulging graphics card market. Throughout the majority of the benchmarks we have run today, it soundly beat the reference NVIDIA GTX570 which translates to HD6970 performance,...
By DigitalVersus on March 15, 2012
A card that manages to give high performance at the same time as limiting energy consumption, showing that it's possible to increase performance from one generation to the next without upping the energy cost too much....
By BeHardware on March 13, 2012
AMD’s Pitcairn GPU is in fact a rather pleasant surprise. Of the three GPUs in the Radeon HD 7000 family, it is by some distance the most efficient for its size and energy consumed. While it has fewer execution units than Cayman (used in the...
By PC Pro on March 12, 2012
A fine performer, but it looks like it may be a bit more expensive than we’d hoped...
By Guru of 3D on March 06, 2012
Final Words & Conclusion Not bad huh ? The entire 7000 series show respectable tweak and overclock performance. There's not a card out there that can't do another 10% extra on the GPU baseclock really. If you are luck and know how to do so, a...
By Expert Reviews on March 05, 2012
Almost as quick as the HD 7950 and significantly cheaper - a great card for the serious enthusiast...
By TechRadar on March 05, 2012
At long last the line up is complete, with the AMD Radeon HD 7870 and AMD Radeon HD 7850 finishing things off for AMD's next generation graphics family.Yes, we've seen the (almost) very top-end of AMD's graphics stack, with the AMD Radeon HD...
By Computer Shopper on March 05, 2012
At $349, the Radeon HD 7870 is pricey. But overall, it manages impressive performance, outpacing Nvidia's similarly priced GeForce GTX 570 on most tests, even besting the step-up GTX 580 on a few. It's a safe choice for those who need this level...
By Bit-tech.net on March 05, 2012
There is a whole lot to like about the HD 7870 2GB. Phenomenally low power consumption for a high-end card, low temperatures, and a reasonable if not colossal in speed over the previous generation’s HD 6970 2GB make it very attractive. Needless to...
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