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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Monday, 26 March 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GB
Closer Look: HIS Radeon HD7870
HIS IceQ Turbo Detailed Features
Features and Specifications
VGA Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Street Fighter IV
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleField 3
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Tom Clancy's HAWX 2
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

VGA Testing Methodology

The Microsoft DirectX-11 graphics API is native to the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, and will be the primary O/S for our test platform. DX11 is also available as a Microsoft Update for the Windows Vista O/S, so our test results apply to both versions of the Operating System. The majority of benchmark tests used in this article are comparative to DX11 performance, however some high-demand DX10 tests have also been included.

According to the Steam Hardware Survey published for the month ending January 2012, the most popular gaming resolution is 1920x1080 with 1680x1050 hot on its heels, our benchmark performance tests concentrate on these higher-demand resolutions: 1.76MP 1680x1050 and 2.07MP 1920x1080 (22-24" widescreen LCD monitors), as they are more likely to be used by high-end graphics solutions, such as those tested in this article.

In each benchmark test there is one 'cache run' that is conducted, followed by five recorded test runs. Results are collected at each setting with the highest and lowest results discarded. The remaining three results are averaged, and displayed in the performance charts on the following pages.

A combination of synthetic and video game benchmark tests have been used in this article to illustrate relative performance among graphics solutions. Our benchmark frame rate results are not intended to represent real-world graphics performance, as this experience would change based on supporting hardware and the perception of individuals playing the video game.

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Intel Z68 Test System

  • Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro
  • System Memory: 8GB Corsair LP CL9 1600MHz
  • Processor: Core i7 2600K @ 4.2GHz
  • Disk Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB
  • Enclosure: Lancool PC-K63
  • PSU: Corsair HX750W 750 watt Modular
  • Monitor: HKC 22" Widescreen (1920x1080)
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (SP1)

DirectX-10 Benchmark Applications

  • 3DMark Vantage v1.02
    • Extreme Settings: (Extreme Quality, 8x Multisample Anti-Aliasing, 16x Anisotropic Filtering, 1:2 Scale)
  • Street Fighter IV Benchmark
    • Extreme Settings: (Very High Quality, 8x AA, 16x AF, Parallel rendering On, Shadows High)

DirectX-11 Benchmark Applications

  • Aliens vs Predator
    • Extreme Settings: (Very High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF, SSAO, Tessellation, Advanced Shadows)
  • BattleField: Bad Company 2
    • Extreme Settings: (Highest Quality, HBAO, 8x AA, 16x AF, 180s Fraps Single-Player Intro Scene)
  • BattleField 3
    • High Settings: (High Quality, 2x MSAA, AA Post High, 8x AF, SSAO, 120s Fraps 'Operation Swordbreaker' action scene)
  • Lost Planet 2
    • Extreme Settings: (2x AA, Low Shadow Detail, High Texture, High Render, High DirectX 11 Features)
  • Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 Benchmark 1.0.4
    • Extreme Settings: (Maximum Quality, 8x AA, 16x AF, DX11 Terrain Tessellation)
  • Metro 2033
    • Extreme Settings: (Very-High Quality, AAA, 16x AF, Advanced DoF, Tessellation, 180s Fraps Chase Scene)
  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
    • Extreme Settings: (High Quality, Normal Tessellation, 16x AF, 4x AA)

Video Card Test Products

Graphics Card Gigabyte GeForce
GTX 460 OC
HIS Radeon
HD6870 X Turbo X
Radeon
HD6950
MSI GeForce
GTX 560Ti Hawk
HIS Radeon
HD6950 X Turbo X
HIS Radeon
HD7870 IceQ Turbo
GPU Cores 336 1120 1408 384 1408 1280
Core Clock (MHz) 715 975 800 950 880 1100
Shader Clock (MHz) 1430 N/A N/A 1900 N/A N/A
Memory Clock (MHz) 900 1150 1250 1050 1300 1200
Memory Amount 1024MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 1024MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
  • AMD Radeon HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo (800 MHz GPU/1125 MHz vRAM - AMD Catalyst Driver 12.3)
  • NVIDIA GeForce Gigabyte GTX 460 OC (715 MHz GPU/1430 MHz Shader/900 MHz vRAM - Forceware 296.10)
  • AMD Radeon HIS HD6870 X Turbo X (975 MHz GPU/1150 MHz vRAM - AMD Catalyst Driver 12.2)
  • AMD Radeon HD6950 (800 MHz GPU/1250 MHz vRAM - AMD Catalyst Driver 12.2)
  • NVIDIA GeForce MSI GTX 560Ti Hawk (950 MHz GPU/1900 MHz Shader/1050 MHz vRAM - Forceware 296.10)
  • AMD Radeon HIS HD6950 X Turbo X (880 MHz GPU/1300 MHz vRAM - AMD Catalyst Driver 12.2)



 

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# RE: HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GBChris 2012-03-26 21:43
It seems that now is a good time to wait.

Right now, the price to performance ratio of the latest 7000s is just ... uncompetitive, even when you stack them up against the 560Tis, 6870s, and other mid-range chips of the last generation.

The 7970 appears to have been released with dethroning the 580GTX 3gb in mind - similar price point, but somewhat better performance.

With the 680 GTX now out and the expected lower end models, it seems that waiting is the way to go. AMD and their partners will inevitably be making some price cuts. Plus, sooner or later, the custom AIB boards will come out for Nvidia in this generation.
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# RE: HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GBdanwat1234 2012-04-04 22:30
How hot does it run when running Folding@home CUDA?
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# RE: HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GBSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-04-05 10:19
CUDA Folding is an NVIDIA thing danwat1234, AMD Radeons are designed for OpenCL GPGPU computing.
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# RE: HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GBdanwat1234 2012-04-05 10:28
Oh yeah, I forgot. Or AMD stream but I'm not sure whwat Distributed Computing projects support that API.
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