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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 156% 158%
Cyberpunk 2077 252% 254%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 58% 59%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 252% 254%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 156% 158%
Doom Eternal 120% 122%
FIFA 20 36% 37%
Grand Theft Auto VI 291% 294%
Need For Speed Heat 156% 158%
Halo: Reach 19% 18%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition.

The HD 7850 has a 160 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 470. This results in the HD 7850 providing 15.8 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 7850 has a 160 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 470, but the GTX 470 has 8 more Render Output Units than the HD 7850. As a result, the GTX 470 exhibits a 0.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 7850. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 7850 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 470, and so the HD 7850 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 470.

The GTX 470 has 256 MB more video memory than the HD 7850, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 7850 has 26.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 470, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7850 is slightly better than the GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition has 448 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 470 is 627 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7850 is 749. The HD 7850 having 122 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7850 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 470.

The HD 7850 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 470. This means that the HD 7850 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 470. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the HD 7850 should consume less power than the GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition requires 215 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 470 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7850. The GTX 470 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the HD 7850. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 470 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 7850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed700 MHzvs860 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF100-275-A3GCN 1.0 Pitcairn PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date09 Jul 2010vs01 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1280 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed837 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus320 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth133.9GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 640 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 Units448vs1024
Actual Shader Performance30%vs36%
Texture Mapping Units56vs64
Texture Rate39.2 GTexel/svs55 GTexel/s
Render Output Units40vs32
Pixel Rate28 GPixel/svs27.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power215 Watts-
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 37 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 470, created by Gigabyte.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 700MHz, instead of 608MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution
WindForce 3X Cooling System: features 3 ultra quiet PWM fans, three copper heat pipes and a unique vapor chamber to strengthen the speed of heat dissipation.

Benchmarks Indicate a 10% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 470.
Radeon HD 7850 XFX Core Edition is a special edition of the powerful Radeon HD 7850. See the standard version for more information about it.
This edition features a special cooling system that allows twice as much heat dissipation when compared to the reference AMD cooling system but its performance is still the same, as there's no over-clocking out of the box.
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