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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 8860 (OEM) Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 115% 203%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 99% 179%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 121% 211%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 212% 338%
Genshin Impact 117% 205%
eFootball PES 2021 10% 54%
FIFA 21 10% 54%
Watch Dogs Legion 110% 195%
Death Stranding 117% 205%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 92% 170%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 8860 (OEM) are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition.

The HD 8860 and the HD 6870 have the same core clock speed of 900 MHz, but the HD 8860 has 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6870. As a result, the HD 8860 exhibits a 21.6 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 8860 and the HD 6870 have both the same core clock speed and the same Pixel Fill Rate. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 8860 was released over a year more recently than the HD 6870, and so the HD 8860 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 6870.

The HD 8860 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 6870, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 8860 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 8860 has 44.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 6870, which means that the memory performance of the HD 8860 is noticeably better than the HD 6870.

The Radeon HD 8860 (OEM) has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition has 1120. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 8860 is 1006 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6870 is 504. The HD 8860 having 502 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 8860 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 6870.

The HD 8860 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6870. This means that the HD 8860 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6870.

The Radeon HD 8860 (OEM) requires 150 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 8860 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6870. The two GPUs have been recommended a PSU with the same amount of wattage. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock925 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Curacao PROTerascale 2 Barts XT
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date08 Jan 2013vs01 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1400 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth179.2GB/secvs134.4GB/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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs1120
Actual Shader Performance48%vs24%
Texture Mapping Units80vs56
Texture Rate72 GTexel/svs50.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate28.8 GPixel/svs28.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 8860 (OEM) is an OEM Only, Performance Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Curacao PRO which has 20 Compute Units activated and thus offers 1280 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 900MHz and goes up to 925MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1400MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Radeon HD 8860 (OEM) is essentially a Power Optimized Radeon HD 7870/Radeon HD 8870 (OEM).
It proves to be as fast as Radeon HD 7870/Radeon HD 8870 (OEM) .

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 8860 (OEM) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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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