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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition GeForce GTX 570 GS-GLH Edition
Halo: Reach 8% 33%
Cyberpunk 2077 297% 192%
Red Dead Redemption 2 189% 112%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 78% 31%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 189% 112%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 297% 192%
Doom Eternal 149% 83%
Grand Theft Auto VI 342% 224%
FIFA 20 54% 13%
Need For Speed Heat 189% 112%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 GS-GLH Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition.

The HD 6870 has a 100 MHz higher core clock speed but 4 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 570. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the HD 6870 manages to provide 2.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 6870 has a 100 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 570, but the GTX 570 has 8 more Render Output Units than the HD 6870. As a result, the GTX 570 exhibits a 3.2 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 6870. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 6870 was released less than a year after the GTX 570, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 570 has 256 MB more video memory than the HD 6870, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 570 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 570 has 25.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 6870, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 570 is slightly better than the HD 6870.

The Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition has 1120 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 570 GS-GLH Edition has 480. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 6870 is 504 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 570 is 768. The GTX 570 having 264 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 570 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 6870.

The GeForce GTX 570 GS-GLH Edition requires 219 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD 6870. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6870 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 570. The GTX 570 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the HD 6870. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 570 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 6870.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Barts XTFermi GF110-275-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Mar 2011vs07 Dec 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
7.9
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9
1920x1080
6
vs green tick
7.1
2560x1440
4.3
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5.2
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1280 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs320 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth134.4GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB vs green tick 640 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1120vs480
Actual Shader Performance24%vs37%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs60
Texture Rate50.4 GTexel/svs48 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs40
Pixel Rate28.8 GPixel/svs32 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-219 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs550 Watts & 38 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX11.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 6870. See its page for more information about it.
Compared to the Radeon HD 6870, this Special Edition has exactly the same specifications and the only new feature is an improved cooling system which doesn't affect performance directly.
Therefore, the performance is EXACTLY like the standard Radeon HD 6870 and enough to run today's demanding games at maximum settings while Very Demanding games like Metro 2033 or Max Payne 3, will probably require reduced settings to run smoothly.
GeForce GTX 570 GS-GLH Edition is a special edition of the powerful GeForce GTX 570. See the standard version for more information about it.
The differences include increased memory and core clocks, from 1900MHz to 2000MHz and from 732MHz to 800MHz, respectively.
Compared to the standard version, the performance boost is quite significant and the idea was to make it closer to the GeForce GTX 580, pushing the GPU's architecture 'GF110' to the limit. However, GeForce GTX 580, still performs much better, as it features extra CUDA cores and a higher quality Bus Width and the clock increases do not fully compensate this disadvantage but shorten it considerably.
All games, including demanding one's, will run on the highest settings.
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