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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II 2GB
Cyberpunk 2077 203% 182%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 179% 160%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 211% 189%
Genshin Impact 205% 184%
eFootball PES 2021 54% 43%
Marvel's Avengers 189% 169%
Watch Dogs Legion 195% 174%
FIFA 21 54% 43%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 338% 308%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 170% 152%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II 2GB are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition.

The HD 6870 has a 78 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 560 Ti, but the GTX 560 Ti has 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6870. As a result, the GTX 560 Ti exhibits a 2.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 6870. 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 78 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 560 Ti and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 6870 providing 2.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 560 Ti was released less than a year after the HD 6870, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 560 Ti has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 6870, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the HD 6870 has superior memory performance.

The HD 6870 has 6.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 560 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6870 is marginally better than the GTX 560 Ti.

The Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition has 1120 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II 2GB has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 6870 is 504 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 Ti is 631. The GTX 560 Ti having 127 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 6870 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6870.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs822 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Barts XTFermi GF114-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Mar 2011vs01 May 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
7.9
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1920x1080
6
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2560x1440
4.3
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs1002 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth134.4GB/secvs128.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1120vs384
Actual Shader Performance24%vs30%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs64
Texture Rate50.4 GTexel/svs52.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate28.8 GPixel/svs26.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU500 Watts-

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

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 560 Ti Twin Frozr II 2GB Edition is a special edition of the powerful GeForce GTX 560 Ti. See the standard version for more information about it.
The new features include twice as much video memory and a new cooling system.
This GPU does not seem to benefit overall from extra memory and so its performance is on level with the standard GeForce GTX 560 Ti.
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