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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro K4200 Radeon HD 6870 PowerColor 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 274% 297%
Red Dead Redemption 2 172% 189%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 68% 78%
Halo: Reach 13% 8%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 274% 297%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 172% 189%
FIFA 20 45% 54%
Doom Eternal 134% 149%
Grand Theft Auto VI 316% 342%
Need For Speed Heat 172% 189%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia Quadro K4200 are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 6870 PowerColor 1GB Edition.

The HD 6870 has a 194 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro K4200, but the Quadro K4200 has 56 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6870. As a result, the Quadro K4200 exhibits a 28.7 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 6870 has a 194 MHz higher core clock speed than the Quadro K4200 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 6870 providing 6.2 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 Quadro K4200 was released over a year more recently than the HD 6870, and so the Quadro K4200 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 Quadro K4200 has 3072 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 Quadro K4200 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Quadro K4200 has 38.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 6870, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro K4200 is noticeably better than the HD 6870.

The Quadro K4200 has 1344 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6870 PowerColor 1GB Edition has 1120. However, the actual shader performance of the Quadro K4200 is 949 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6870 is 504. The Quadro K4200 having 445 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Quadro K4200 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 6870.

The Quadro K4200 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6870. This means that the Quadro K4200 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6870.

The Quadro K4200 requires 108 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6870 PowerColor 1GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Quadro K4200 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 Speed706 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureKepler GK104Terascale 2 Barts XT
OC Potential Great vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date22 Jul 2014vs01 Nov 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1350 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth172.8GB/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%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1344vs1120
Actual Shader Performance46%vs24%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs56
Texture Rate79.1 GTexel/svs50.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate22.6 GPixel/svs28.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power108 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewQuadro K4200 is a high-end professional card based on the 28nm, Kepler architecture.

It's based on the Kepler GK107 and offers 1344 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 706MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 1350MHz. It has a L2 Cache of 512KB and a rated board TDP of 108 Watts.

Quadro K4200's drivers are certified for professional applications only. Its gaming performance is around 10% slower than GeForce GTX 660.
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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