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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950 Inno3D OC 2GB Edition Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 94% 103%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 78% 86%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 72% 80%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 72% 80%
FIFA 21 2% 2%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 58% 65%
Genshin Impact 94% 103%
Grand Theft Auto VI 173% 186%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 179% 191%
Watch Dogs Legion 87% 96%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 Inno3D OC 2GB Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition.

The HD 7870 has a 99 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 950. This results in the HD 7870 providing 41.6 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 7870 has a 99 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 950 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 7870 providing 3.2 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 GTX 950 was released over a year more recently than the HD 7870, and so the GTX 950 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 7870.

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 GeForce GTX 950 Inno3D OC 2GB Edition and the Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 7870 has 54.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 950, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7870 is much better than the GTX 950.

The GeForce GTX 950 Inno3D OC 2GB Edition has 768 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 950 is 1273 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1251. The GTX 950 having 22 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 7870 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 950 Inno3D OC 2GB Edition requires 90 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the GTX 950 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7870. The HD 7870 has been recommended a PSU with 150 Watts more than the GTX 950. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7870 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 950.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1051 MHzvs1150 MHz
Boost Clock1228 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM206-250GCN 1.0 Pitcairn XT
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date20 Aug 2015vs01 Sep 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
9.7
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9.5
1920x1080
7.6
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7.5
2560x1440
5.6
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5.5
3840x2160
3.9
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3.9

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1653 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth105.8GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units768vs1280
Actual Shader Performance61%vs60%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units48vs80
Texture Rate50.4 GTexel/svs92 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate33.6 GPixel/svs36.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power90 Watts-
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 23 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4460 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 950 Inno3D OC 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Fast-Middle-Class GeForce GTX 950 2GB, created by Inno3D.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1051MHz, instead of 1024MHz, while the Boost Clock achieves 1228MHz, instead of 1188MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Untouched.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 2% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 950 2GB.
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.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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