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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game FirePro S9150 Radeon HD 4870 X2
Cyberpunk 2077 62% 278%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 48% 245%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 44% 234%
Grand Theft Auto VI 128% 431%
FIFA 21 18% 91%
Genshin Impact 62% 278%
Far Cry 6 135% 446%
Hitman 3 111% 391%
Watch Dogs Legion 57% 264%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 133% 441%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD FirePro S9150 are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2.

The FirePro S9150 has a 150 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 4870. This results in the FirePro S9150 providing 98.4 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 FirePro S9150 has a 150 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the HD 4870. This results in the FirePro S9150 providing 33.6 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 FirePro S9150 was released over three years more recently than the HD 4870, and so the FirePro S9150 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 4870 when running the latest games.

The FirePro S9150 has 14336 MB more video memory than the HD 4870, 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 89.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 4870, which means that the memory performance of the FirePro S9150 is much better than the HD 4870.

The FirePro S9150 has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4870 X2 has 1600. However, the actual shader performance of the FirePro S9150 is 2534 and the actual shader performance of the HD 4870 is 780. The FirePro S9150 having 1754 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the FirePro S9150 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 4870.

The FirePro S9150 transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 4870. This means that the FirePro S9150 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 4870.

The FirePro S9150 requires 235 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 4870 X2 requires 420 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the HD 4870, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the FirePro S9150. The HD 4870 requires 185 Watts more than the FirePro S9150 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 4870 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 MHzvs750 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 2.0 Hawaii XT GLR700 XT
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Aug 2014vs01 Apr 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory16384 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth320GB/secvs230.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs1600
Actual Shader Performance100%vs38%
Texture Mapping Units176vs80
Texture Rate158.4 GTexel/svs60 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate57.6 GPixel/svs24 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power235 Wattsvs420 Watts
Recommended PSU-650 Watts & 43 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.2vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Xeon E7-8890 v2vsIntel Core 2 Quad Q9505 2.83GHz
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.
The Radeon R700 is the engineering codename for a graphics processing unit series released by AMD Graphics Product Group, sold under the ATI brand. The foundation chip, codenamed RV770, was announced and demonstrated on June 16, 2008 as part of the FireStream 9250 and Cinema 2.0 initiative launch media event, with official release of the HD4800 series on June 25, 2008. Other variants include enthusiast-oriented RV790, mainstream product RV730, RV740 and entry-level RV710.
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