Crysis, Metro, DiRT 3, Shogun 2, & Batman

CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.3GHz
Motherboard: EVGA X79 SLI
Chipset Drivers: Intel 9.​2.​3.​1022
Power Supply: Antec True Power Quattro 1200
Hard Disk: Samsung 470 (256GB)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1867 4 x 4GB (8-10-9-26)
Case: Thermaltake Spedo Advance
Video Cards: AMD Radeon HD 7970
AMD Radeon HD 7950
AMD Radeon HD 7870
AMD Radeon HD 7850
AMD Radeon HD 7770
AMD Radeon HD 6970
AMD Radeon HD 6950
AMD Radeon HD 6870
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB
Video Drivers: NVIDIA ForceWare 295.73
AMD Catalyst 12.3
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

As the HD 7870 OE ships with a fairly mild overclock, it effectively splits the difference between the reference 7870 and the other 7870s we've seen with larger core overclocks. That said all of these cards are fairly close, offering varying degrees of overclocks at similarly varying prices with no single card doing particularly better than the others in that respect.

AMD's recent 7900 series price drop means that the 7950 is now within $50 of the reference 7870 and onyl $40 of the HD 7870 OE, but at the same time these overclocks close what was already a small gap. While the remaining gap depends on the game, with a 250MHz advantage the HD 7870 OE makes a very good case for grabbing what's otherwise a smaller, less power hungry card over AMD's lower-tier 7900.

In any case, since all of these 7870 cards are so close we'll skip the running commentary here on game performance.

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  • silverblue - Sunday, April 29, 2012 - link

    Why show a card that the 7870 has no hopes of getting anywhere near?

    The 7950 is there to show how close the 7870 is.
    The 7970 is there to show how much stronger it is than the 7950.

    I admit that I'd have liked to see the 680 there, but with the 7970 on the graph, I think you can work out where the 680 would come in most games.

    You're nitpicking and over nothing particularly important. You may have had a few bad experiences but there's no need to vent them in the comments section of a 7870 article. If you think AT is biased, go to Guru3D.
  • Spunjji - Friday, May 11, 2012 - link


    Dude, get a hobby or something. This site is in no way AMD biased.
  • Wreckage - Saturday, April 28, 2012 - link

    No 680 in the benchmark? I would wait for the 670
  • antef - Saturday, April 28, 2012 - link

    I was excited by the Final Words until I saw the almost-7950 price and 2 year warranty. No thanks.
  • Tunnah - Saturday, April 28, 2012 - link

    are the ATI cards playing the same second fiddle to Nvidia their overlords do to the intel grand-daddies ?

    I know it's not such a wide gulf as between intel and AMD CPUs but it just seems Radeon cards are constantly playing catch-up against the much superior counter-brand.
  • kyuu - Sunday, April 29, 2012 - link

    I dunno what you're talking about. For anyone not looking to spend half a grand on a (not-in-stock) GPU, which is pretty much everyone, AMD's 7xxx-series is the clear winner at the moment.

    If I were in the market, I'd probably be looking at a 7850. Great performance for the price.
  • CeriseCogburn - Sunday, April 29, 2012 - link

    I do know what you're talking about like the other guy does as well but won't admit it, and you're correct.
  • Galidou - Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - link

    Hmmm I think your perception is really flawed, the wide gulf is really between AMD and intel's cpu. Nvidia and AMD's video card are never that far. Right now, AMD gets out a new cpu and it's hardly competing against last intel gen cpus.

    When AMD's and Nvidia's video card get to the market, you can see them all around in graphs. Look at intel vs AMD's cpu review graphs... all the AMD's cpu on the bottom, all intel on top... Currently, AMD's cpu performance compare to old core 2 duos almost... speaking mhz for mhz.
  • Galidou - Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - link

    The much superior, LOL man what you smoke is really good. You must be the hell blind... OMFG the funniest shit I ever had to read!!! Way to go blind fanboys, get some new high tech glasses so they can give your sight back to learn to read graphs... I don't know but... anyway.
  • plopke - Saturday, April 28, 2012 - link

    Why does this card come with 2* pci express 6-pin power connecter?

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