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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game FirePro S9150 Radeon HD 7870 Crossfire
Cyberpunk 2077 62% 40%
Hitman 3 111% 83%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 48% 28%
Resident Evil 8 62% 40%
FIFA 21 18% 29%
Grand Theft Auto VI 128% 98%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 44% 24%
Genshin Impact 62% 40%
The Medium 103% 75%
Far Cry 6 135% 103%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7870 Crossfire are very slightly better than the AMD FirePro S9150.

The HD 7870 has a 100 MHz higher core clock speed but 16 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the FirePro S9150. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the HD 7870 manages to provide 1.6 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 100 MHz higher core clock speed than the FirePro S9150 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 7870 providing 6.4 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 FirePro S9150 was released over a year more recently than the HD 7870, and so the FirePro S9150 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 7870.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The FirePro S9150 has 12288 MB more video memory than the HD 7870, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the FirePro S9150 also has superior memory performance overall.

The FirePro S9150 has 12.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7870, which means that the memory performance of the FirePro S9150 is slightly better than the HD 7870.

The FirePro S9150 has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7870 Crossfire has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the FirePro S9150 is 2534 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 2176. The FirePro S9150 having 358 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 7870 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The FirePro S9150 requires 235 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 7870 Crossfire requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the HD 7870, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the FirePro S9150. The HD 7870 requires 115 Watts more than the FirePro S9150 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7870 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the FirePro S9150.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 2.0 Hawaii XT GLGCN 1.0 Pitcairn XT (x2)
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Good
Release Date01 Aug 2014vs01 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory16384 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1200 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth320GB/secvs307.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs2560
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units176vs160
Texture Rate158.4 GTexel/svs160 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate57.6 GPixel/svs64 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power235 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU-600 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX11.2vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.2vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Xeon E7-8890 v2vsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution5760x1600vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewFirePro S9150 is a server GPU based on the 28nm GCN architecture.

It's based on the Hawaii XT Core (same used on Radeon R9 290X) and therefore offers 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs on a 512-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked 900MHz while the memory clock operates at 1250MHZ.

Compared to Radeon R9 290X, its central unit is slightly lower and overall its gaming performance is lower than Radeon R9 290X because the latter benefits from certified gaming drivers which unlock the GCN's architecture potential while FirePro S9150 is made for professional applications. Therefore, expect its performance to be between 10% and 15% worse than Radeon R9 290X.
Radeon HD 7870 Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon HD 7870 put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon HD 7870 to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to 44% better than a single Radeon HD 7870 performing by itself it might be worse (depending on whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) than a single Radeon HD 7870. Expect this combination to draw up to 350 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
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