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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game FirePro V5900 Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 579% 103%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 521% 86%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 501% 80%
FIFA 21 243% 2%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 501% 80%
Watch Dogs Legion 555% 96%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 874% 191%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 543% 92%
Grand Theft Auto VI 856% 186%
Genshin Impact 579% 103%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition are massively better than the AMD FirePro V5900.

The HD 7870 has a 550 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the FirePro V5900. This results in the HD 7870 providing 72.8 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 550 MHz higher core clock speed than the FirePro V5900 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 7870 providing 17.6 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 HD 7870 was released over a year more recently than the FirePro V5900, and so the HD 7870 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the FirePro V5900.

The FirePro V5900 and the Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition 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 32 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the FirePro V5900, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7870 is noticeably better than the FirePro V5900.

The FirePro V5900 has 512 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the FirePro V5900 is 200 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1251. The HD 7870 having 1051 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 FirePro V5900.

The HD 7870 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the FirePro V5900. This means that the HD 7870 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the FirePro V5900.

The FirePro V5900 requires 75 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the FirePro V5900 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7870. The HD 7870 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the FirePro V5900. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7870 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the FirePro V5900.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed600 MHzvs1150 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureCayman LE GLGCN 1.0 Pitcairn XT
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Good
Release Date24 May 2011vs01 Sep 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900 - vs green tick
9.5
1920x1080 - vs green tick
7.5
2560x1440 - vs green tick
5.5
3840x2160 - vs green tick
3.9

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth128GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units512vs1280
Actual Shader Performance10%vs60%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs80
Texture Rate19.2 GTexel/svs92 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate19.2 GPixel/svs36.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Watts-
Recommended PSU400 Wattsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX11vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.1vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM-8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewFirePro C5900 is a server Graphics Card based on the 40nm Terascale 2 architecture.
It's based on the Cayman Core (related to Radeon HD 6950) and therefore offers 512 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 32 ROPs on a 256-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked 600MHz while the memory clock operates at 1000MHZ.
Despite featuring a Cayman Core, its LE variant features over 100% less Shader Processing Units and thus its performance lies between Radeon HD 6670 and Radeon HD 6750.
Radeon 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.
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