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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 370 MSI OC 2GB Edition Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 112% 189%
Halo: Reach 33% 8%
Cyberpunk 2077 191% 297%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 112% 189%
Doom Eternal 82% 149%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 191% 297%
Grand Theft Auto VI 224% 342%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 31% 78%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 191% 297%
Need For Speed Heat 112% 189%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 370 MSI OC 2GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition.

The R7 370 has a 70 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6870. This results in the R7 370 providing 11.7 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 R7 370 has a 70 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6870 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R7 370 providing 2.2 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 R7 370 was released over three years more recently than the HD 6870, and so the R7 370 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 6870 when running the latest games.

The R7 370 has 1024 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 R7 370 also has superior memory performance overall.

The R7 370 has 44.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 6870, which means that the memory performance of the R7 370 is noticeably better than the HD 6870.

The Radeon R7 370 MSI OC 2GB Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition has 1120. However, the actual shader performance of the R7 370 is 888 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6870 is 504. The R7 370 having 384 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R7 370 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 6870.

The R7 370 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6870. This means that the R7 370 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6870.

The Radeon R7 370 MSI OC 2GB Edition requires 110 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 370 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 Speed970 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock1020 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Trinidad PROTerascale 2 Barts XT
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs01 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1400 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth179.2GB/secvs134.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs1120
Actual Shader Performance43%vs24%
Texture Mapping Units64vs56
Texture Rate62.1 GTexel/svs50.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate31 GPixel/svs28.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power110 Watts-
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4370 3.8GHzvsIntel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R7 370 MSI OC 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 370, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 970MHz, instead of 925MHz, while the Boost Clock achieves 1020MHz, instead of 975MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock

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Cooling Solution
Armor 2X Thermal Design: Delivers more airflow than traditional single fan thermal design and Huge heat sink provides better heat dissipation.
Propeller Blade Technology: Produce 20% more airflow than traditional fan design and Produces less noise than traditional fan designs.

Benchmarks Indicate a 3% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R7 370.
Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon HD 6870. See its page for more information about it.
Compared to the Radeon HD 6870, this Special Edition has exactly the same specifications and the only new feature is an improved cooling system which doesn't affect performance directly.
Therefore, the performance is EXACTLY like the standard Radeon HD 6870 and enough to run today's demanding games at maximum settings while Very Demanding games like Metro 2033 or Max Payne 3, will probably require reduced settings to run smoothly.
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