Battle of the mid-range AMDs.
For testing the ASUS HD 7870 DCUII TOP and XFX R7870 BE the below testbed was used.
I have used the reference AMD HD 7870 tested a month back to show the performance improvements these custom solutions from ASUS and XFX bring to the table. Furthermore the Nvidia GTX 580 is also used to show how these mid-$350 cards compare to the (now reduced in price) $400+ card.
Note: Keep in mind that these two new cards were tested on Catalyst 12.4 which brings much improvements over the 12.12 beta release used to test the AMD reference HD 7870.
Benchmarks & Settings
Below are the details of how each benchmark was conducted with specific details of settings used. All of the below benchmarks were run at a resolution of 1920×1080.