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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

DX10: Street Fighter IV

Capcom's Street Fighter IV is part of the now-famous Street Fighter series that began in 1987. The 2D Street Fighter II was one of the most popular fighting games of the 1990s, and now gets a 3D face-lift to become Street Fighter 4. The Street Fighter 4 benchmark utility was released as a novel way to test your system's ability to run the game. It uses a few dressed-up fight scenes where combatants fight against each other using various martial arts disciplines. Feet, fists and magic fill the screen with a flurry of activity. Due to the rapid pace, varied lighting and the use of music this is one of the more enjoyable benchmarks. Street Fighter IV uses a proprietary Capcom SF4 game engine, which is enhanced over previous versions of the game.

Using the highest quality DirectX-10 settings with 8x AA and 16x AF, a mid to high end card will ace this test, but it will still weed out the slower cards out there.

  • Street Fighter IV Benchmark
    • Extreme Settings: (Very High Quality, 8x AA, 16x AF, Parallel rendering On, Shadows High)

Street_Fighter_IV.jpg

Cost Analysis: Street Fighter IV (1680x1050)

  • $379.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD7870 IceQ Turbo costs $1.79 per FPS
  • $139.99 NVIDIA GeForce Gigabyte GTX 460 OC costs $1.07 per FPS
  • $199.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD6870 X Turbo X costs $1.36 per FPS
  • $249.99 AMD Radeon HD6950 costs $1.71 per FPS
  • $249.99 NVIDIA GeForce MSI GTX 560Ti Hawk costs $1.24 per FPS
  • $289.99 AMD Radeon HIS HD6950 X Turbo X costs $1.85 per FPS
  • 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



     

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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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