Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB GHz Edition Video Card Review


3DMark 2013

3DMark Trailer Shows Future of DirectX 11 Games  Fire Strike Demo

3DMark 2013 has several preset benchmarks, however the most demanding is Fire Strike. Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 test that renders detailed graphics in real time. This makes it the best one to use when testing a gaming system.

HD7870 3DMark Ice Storm

Ice Storm is the least intensive benchmark in 3DMark’s arsenal. Not a whole lot different, a 12% performance difference.

HD7870 3DMark Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate is the next 3DMark test, here the difference gets a little larger, at 15%. Not as impressive as the game benchmarks, but still double digit performance difference.

HD7870 3DMark Fire Strike

Here we are again with a huge performance difference. At close to 65% difference, Fire Strike really makes the cards work for DirectX 11 performance.

Benchmark Results: If the games you play are only on DirectX 9 or DirectX 10, you can expect to get low double digit performance difference. DirectX 11 is where the power of the HD7870 shows up, with 65% performance boost over the older GTX 560Ti