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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition GeForce GT 740
Cyberpunk 2077 103% 585%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 86% 526%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 80% 506%
FIFA 21 2% 245%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 80% 506%
Watch Dogs Legion 96% 561%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 191% 882%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 92% 548%
Grand Theft Auto VI 186% 864%
Genshin Impact 103% 585%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 740.

The HD 7870 has a 157 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GT 740. This results in the HD 7870 providing 60.2 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 7870 has a 157 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GT 740. This results in the HD 7870 providing 20.9 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 GeForce GT 740 was released over a year more recently than the HD 7870, and so the GeForce GT 740 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 7870.

The Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition and the GeForce GT 740 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 7870 has 131.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GT 740, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7870 is massively better than the GeForce GT 740.

The Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GT 740 has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1251 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GT 740 is 381. The HD 7870 having 870 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7870 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GT 740.

The GeForce GT 740 requires 64 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD 7870. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7870 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GeForce GT 740. The HD 7870 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the GeForce GT 740. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7870 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GT 740.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1150 MHzvs993 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Pitcairn XTKepler GK107-425-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date01 Sep 2012vs29 May 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
7.2
1600x900
9.5
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5.4
1920x1080
7.5
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3.8
2560x1440
5.5
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2.6
3840x2160
3.9
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1.7

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth160GB/secvs28.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs384
Actual Shader Performance60%vs18%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs32
Texture Rate92 GTexel/svs31.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate36.8 GPixel/svs15.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-64 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Wattsvs400 Watts & 29 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition is a special edition of Radeon HD 7870.
This is one of today's most powerful editions of the reference as it features increases in both the core and memory clocks that went from 1000MHz to 1150MHz and from 1200MHz to 1250MHz.
Benchmarks indicate the performance boost is quite extreme and around 8% when compared to the reference Radeon HD 7870.
Overview
GeForce GT 740 is a Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Kepler Architecture.

Architecture
The Kepler Architecture was NVIDIA's big step to power efficiency. Each Stream Multiprocessor (SMX) now hosts 192 Shader Processing Units - against the 48 of older Fermi Architecture, and has been redesigned being now clocked at the same speed of the Central Unit. This means they are more energy efficient and will consequently lead to cooler operating temperatures. However, it also means they are weaker. It can be said that one Fermi SMX is as fast as 2 Kepler SMXs.
Additionally, and not available in all GPUs, Kepler also introduced the Boost Clock Feature. The Boost Clock is an even higher Clock Speed activated when in gaming mode and becomes the effective speed of the GPU.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed GK107-425-A2 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 993MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for CUDA, OpenCL, DirectCompute, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 64W, it requires at least a 400W PSU and it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
GeForce GT 740 is essentially a fast GeForce GT 640.
Gaming benchmarks indicate its performance is not too far from the older GeForce GTX 650.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Core i3) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 740.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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