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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 285 3-Way SLI Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 95% 103%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 78% 86%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 72% 80%
FIFA 21 2% 2%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 72% 80%
Watch Dogs Legion 88% 96%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 179% 191%
Grand Theft Auto VI 174% 186%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 84% 92%
Genshin Impact 95% 103%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 3-Way SLI are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition.

The HD 7870 has a 502 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 285, but the GTX 285 has 256 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7870. As a result, the GTX 285 exhibits a 125.7 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 7870. 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 502 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 285, but the GTX 285 has 64 more Render Output Units than the HD 7870. As a result, the GTX 285 exhibits a 25.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 7870. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 7870 was released over three years more recently than the GTX 285, and so the HD 7870 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 285 when running the latest games.

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 GTX 285 has 1024 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 GTX 285 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 285 has 316.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7870, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 285 is massively better than the HD 7870.

The GeForce GTX 285 3-Way SLI has 720 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 285 is 1073 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1251. The HD 7870 having 178 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 285 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 7870 transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 285. This means that the HD 7870 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 285.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7870, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GTX 285.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed648 MHzvs1150 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G200-350-B3 (x3)GCN 1.0 Pitcairn XT
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date01 Dec 2008vs01 Sep 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
9.5
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9.5
1920x1080
7.6
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7.5
2560x1440
5.5
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5.5
3840x2160
4
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3.9

GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1242 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus1536 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth476.9GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 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 Units720vs1280
Actual Shader Performance52%vs60%
Technology55nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units336vs80
Texture Rate217.7 GTexel/svs92 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs32
Pixel Rate62.2 GPixel/svs36.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power--
Recommended PSU-500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX10.0vs12.0
Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe 3-Way SLI setup of GeForce GTX 285.Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition is a special edition of Radeon HD 7870.
This is one of today's most powerful editions of the reference as it features increases in both the core and memory clocks that went from 1000MHz to 1150MHz and from 1200MHz to 1250MHz.
Benchmarks indicate the performance boost is quite extreme and around 8% when compared to the reference Radeon HD 7870.
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