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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 740 v2 Radeon HD 6870 PowerColor 1GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 381% 189%
Cyberpunk 2077 561% 297%
Doom Eternal 313% 149%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 197% 78%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 381% 189%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 561% 297%
FIFA 20 156% 54%
Grand Theft Auto VI 635% 342%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 561% 297%
Need For Speed Heat 381% 189%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6870 PowerColor 1GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 740 v2.

The GT 740 has a 93 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6870, but the HD 6870 has 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the GT 740. As a result, the HD 6870 exhibits a 18.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GT 740. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 740 has a 93 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6870, but the HD 6870 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GT 740. As a result, the HD 6870 exhibits a 12.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 740. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 740 was released over a year more recently than the HD 6870, and so the 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 6870.

The GeForce GT 740 v2 and the Radeon HD 6870 PowerColor 1GB 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 6870 has 54.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 740, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6870 is much better than the GT 740.

The GeForce GT 740 v2 has 384 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6870 PowerColor 1GB Edition has 1120. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 740 is 381 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6870 is 504. The HD 6870 having 123 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 6870 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 740.

The GT 740 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6870. This means that the GT 740 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6870.

The GeForce GT 740 v2 requires 64 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6870 PowerColor 1GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GT 740 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 6870. The HD 6870 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the GT 740. The difference is significant enough that the HD 6870 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GT 740.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed993 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureKepler GK107-425-A2Terascale 2 Barts XT
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date29 May 2014vs01 Nov 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
7.9
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1600x900
6
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7.9
1920x1080
4.7
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6
2560x1440
3
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4.3
3840x2160
2.1
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs134.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB 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 Units384vs1120
Actual Shader Performance18%vs24%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs56
Texture Rate31.8 GTexel/svs50.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate15.9 GPixel/svs28.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power64 Watts-
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 29 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4360 3.7GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 740 v2 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 1GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

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 v2 is essentially a slower GeForce GTX 650.
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 v2.
Radeon HD 6870 PowerColor 1GB Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 6870. See its page for more information about it.
It has no new features and so it can be addressed as a renamed Radeon HD 6870. Therefore its performance is exactly like the standard's.
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