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AMD Radeon R7 370

AMD Radeon R7 370

The AMD Radeon R7 370 is a single-GPU graphics card for mid-range desktop PCs, which was introduced in May 2015. It is based on the 28 nm "Trinidad (Pitcairn)" chip, which features 1024 shader units and a 256 bit memory interface (2 GB GDDR5, 179.2 GB/s at 1.400 MHz or 5600MHz effective).

Architecture

The basis of the 212 mm² graphic chip with 2.8 billion transistors of the AMD Radeon R7 370 is the so-called GCN architecture. The chip, which is called Trinidad now, has already been used in the AMD Radeon HD 7870 and the AMD Radeon R9 270X under the names "Pitcairn" and "Curacao”. The number of hardware units including 1024 ALUs/shader units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs, were reduced compared to the direct predecessor. Just like the AMD Radeon R9 270X, the AMD Radeon R7 370 does not support True Audio and supports DirectX 12 (but only FL 11_1).

Performance

Depending on resolution, AA setting and game, the performance of the AMD Radeon R7 370 is about on par with the GeForce GTX 950 from Nvidia. So, it even performs slightly better than fast mobile graphics solutions like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M. Even extremely demanding games like Metro: Last Light can be played smoothly with maximum settings and 1920 x 1080 pixels. However, the quality settings should not be set too high in several games – otherwise, the 2 GB GDDR5 will quickly reach its limits. Due to a lower number of ALUs and TMUs, the AMD Radeon R7 370 is beaten by the AMD Radeon R9 270x. Probably this is the reason why the card is listed in the R7 series.

Features

The AMD R7 370 supports features like Eyefinity, Mantle, App Acceleration, CrossFire, PowerTune, ZeroCore, and HD3D. The cooling concept of the MSI Radeon R7 370 is convincing and even hardly audible under load. The fan stands completely still in 2D mode and the card turns silent. Since the GPU is relatively old in the meanwhile, you have to live without features like for example DirectX 12 Feature-Level 12_0, FreeSync, and TrueAudio.

Power Consumption

By means of dynamic clock speed adjustment and the familiar ZeroCore technology (since the introduction of the HD 7000 series), the AMD Radeon R7 370 can very efficiently save energy while idle. The power consumption is 110 Watt under load (according to the manufacturer).

Details to the MSI AMD R7 370

The AMD Radeon R7 370 from MSI is clocked slightly higher (GPU and RAM). GPU-Z reported a GPU clock of 1050 MHz and a memory clock of 1425MHz (effective 5700 MHz). Furthermore, MSI offers the "MSI Gaming App" tool, which allows three different modes for the graphics card (Silent mode, Gaming mode, OC mode). Depending on the selected mode, the GPU is driven with a clock frequency of 925 - 975 MHz, 980 - 1030 MHz, or 1000 - 1050 MHz. The manufacturer’s warranty covers also overclocking with the "MSI Gaming App”.

The cooling concept, also called Twin Frozr design, is decisive for the look of the MSI AMD Radeon  R7 370. The MSI 300 series shares the "Twin Frozr V" design. However, the manufacturer omitted a backplate.

Only the waste heat of the GPU is emitted to the heatsink, which extends beyond the PCB, via two heatpipes. The two big fans have a diameter of about 10 cm and provide the necessary fresh air. The fan blades’ special shape (dispersion fan blade) ensures an up to 19% higher airflow for low-noise operation.

The cooling concept proved to work quietly even under load in the benchmarks. In addition, the Zero Frozr technology ensures that the fans turn off completely during desktop use or undemanding applications.

In terms of connectivity, the graphics card delivers 2x DVI (DVI-I, DVI-D); 1x HDMI (1.4a/2.0), and 1x Display Port (1.2).

Overall, the gaming performance of the MSI AMD R7 370 is sufficient for current titles with a resolution of up to 1080p. However, depending on the game, the quality settings should not be set too high. Those who do not want to do without quality settings like AA/AF should better consider the R9 300 series.

Prospective buyers should comprehensively inform themselves about the product policy of the manufacturer. A new model does not always mean more performance! For example the AMD Radeon R9 270x is faster than the AMD Radeon R7 370.

ManufacturerAMD
CodenameTrinidad (Pitcairn)
ArchitectureGCN 1.0
Pipelines1024 - unified
Core Speed975 MHz
Memory Speed5600 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12 FL 11_1
Transistor Count2800 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesMantle, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, CrossFire, PowerTune, ZeroCore, HD3D
Date of Announcement05.05.2015
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/en-gb/products/graphi...

Benchmarks

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 296546     avg: 323114     median: 323114 (71%)     max: 349683 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 21391     avg: 22745     median: 22745 (46%)     max: 24099 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 38182     avg: 39808.5     median: 39808.5 (24%)     max: 41435 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 5518     avg: 5525     median: 5525 (24%)     max: 5532 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 5943     avg: 5961     median: 5961 (15%)     max: 5979 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 8833     avg: 8866     median: 8866 (31%)     max: 8899 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 8430     avg: 8518.5     median: 8518.5 (17%)     max: 8607 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 +
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
med. 1920x1080
38  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
30.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2

2017
ultra 1920x1080
160  fps    + Compare
3820x2160
66  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Dirt 4

Dirt 4

2017
high 1920x1080
53.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
27  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Rocket League
high 1920x1080
109  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
37  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Prey

Prey

2017
low 1280x720
142  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
68  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
60.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
50.1  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
16  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War III
low 1280x720
147  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
37.8  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
20  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Additional Benchmarks
Medium / On (100 % Gameplay Resolution) MediumAA 1366x768
62
Mass Effect Andromeda
low 1280x720
91.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
43.7  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
25.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Dishonored 2
med. 1366x768
44.2  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
30.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare
med. 1366x768
90  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
58  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Titanfall 2
ultra 1920x1080
37  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Farming Simulator 17
ultra 1920x1080
53.5  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
45.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Battlefield 1
med. 1366x768
82  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
42.6  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
40.1  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
3.3  fps    + Compare