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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 570 Gigabyte SO Edition Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 110% 189%
Cyberpunk 2077 189% 297%
Doom Eternal 81% 149%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 30% 78%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 110% 189%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 189% 297%
FIFA 20 12% 54%
Grand Theft Auto VI 221% 342%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 189% 297%
Need For Speed Heat 110% 189%

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

The HD 6870 has a 55 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 570, but the GTX 570 has 4 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6870. As a result, the GTX 570 exhibits a 0.3 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 55 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 5 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 GTX 570 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 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 17.6 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 GeForce GTX 570 Gigabyte SO Edition has 480 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition has 1120. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 570 is 811 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6870 is 504. The GTX 570 having 307 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.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the GTX 570 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6870. The GTX 570 has been recommended a PSU with 150 Watts more than the HD 6870. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 570 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 6870.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed845 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF110-275-A1Terascale 2 Barts XT
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 May 2011vs01 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
9
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1920x1080
7.1
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2560x1440
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GPU Memory

Memory1280 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed950 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus320 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth152GB/secvs134.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 640 KB green tick vs 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 Units480vs1120
Actual Shader Performance39%vs24%
Technology40nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units60vs56
Texture Rate50.7 GTexel/svs50.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units40vs32
Pixel Rate33.8 GPixel/svs28.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

Max Power--
Recommended PSU650 Wattsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

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

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 570 Gigabyte SO 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 3800MHz to 3900MHz and from 732MHz to 845MHz, respectively. A new cooling system called WindForce 3X - Vapor chamber-Outward Inclined is also featured.
Compared to the standard version, the performance boost is significant and in about 6% according to most benchmarks.
Radeon 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.
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