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AMD Radeon HD 7970

AMD Radeon HD 7970

The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is a high-end graphics card for desktop PCs It is based on the Tahiti core. It was the first GPU that was produced in 28nm and supports DirectX 11.1. The 7970 offers 2048 shader cores (1D) of the GCN architecture (first generation) and 128 texture units.

The performance of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 is clearly better than the mobile Radeon HD 7970M (which is based on the Pitcairn with only 1280 shaders). Compared to the GeFore GTX 680, the 7970 is about 8% slower. Therefore, AMD later introduced a 7970 GHz Edition that was clocked at 1000 MHz and performed on the same level as the GeForce GTX 680.

Thanks to Eyefinity up to 6 monitors can be connected to the 7970. The integrated UVD Video-Decoder is able to decode H.264, VC-1 MPEG-2, MVC, MPEG-4 Part 2 (DivX/Xvid) and Adobe Flash videos.

The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is rated with a TDP of 250 Watt.

ManufacturerAMD
CodenameTahiti XT
ArchitectureGCN
Pipelines2048 - unified
Core Speed925 MHz
Memory Speed5500 MHz
Memory Bus Width384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory3072 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11.1, Shader 5.1
Transistor Count4310 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesEyefinity, HD3D, CrossFire
Date of Announcement22.12.2011
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/g...

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
28.6 pt (29%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
14233 Points (7996%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
43795 Points (30203%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
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3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
234474 Points (1740%)
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
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3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
106667 Points (1963%)
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
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Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
- 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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

F1 2013

F1 2013

2013
med. 1366x768
137  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
130  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
108  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Fifa 14

Fifa 14

2013
ultra 1920x1080
441.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
201.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
155.2  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
111.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
36  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
90.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
77.4  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
68.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
58.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
121.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
121.4  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
69.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
44.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
97.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
135.3  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
83  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
47.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
ultra 1920x1080
98.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
ultra 1920x1080
31.9  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
206.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
141.7  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
130.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
84.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
115.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
110  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
77.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
46.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
199.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
170.1  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
150.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
64.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
ultra 1920x1080
62.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
SimCity

SimCity

2013
low 1024x768
136.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
100.6  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
77.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
57.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
high 1366x768
161  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
72.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
96.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
84.5  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
59.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
28.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
394.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
289.3  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
234.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
155.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

2012
low 1024x768
111.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
102.6  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
76.6  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
35.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
med. 1366x768
56.4  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
54.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
39.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
65.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
61.8  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
56.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
43.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
238.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
223.1  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
146.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
104.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
60  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
59.9  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
57.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
55.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
173.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
138.4  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
117.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
52.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
128.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
128  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
128.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
127.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
116.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
74.8  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
68.6  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
57.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Fifa 13

Fifa 13

2012
low 1024x768
455.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
366  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
362.1  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
359.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F1 2012

F1 2012

2012
low 1024x768
120  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
106  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
95  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
81  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
131.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
119.5  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
112.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
93.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2

2012
low 1024x768
96.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
82.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
80.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
69  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
44.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
41.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
251.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
233.8  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
212.6  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
212.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
med. 1366x768
255.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
195.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
125.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
76.2  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
89.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
43  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
75.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
66.2  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
65.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
36.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
62.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
62.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
56.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
74.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
72.9  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
69.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
67.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
87.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
73.1  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
69.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
61.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
213  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
190.8  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
188.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
191.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
98.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
106.2  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
85  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
63.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
60  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
59.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
59.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Alan Wake

Alan Wake

2012
low 1024x768
127.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
103.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
68  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
309.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
201.5  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
131  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
76.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
med. 1366x768
100.4  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
80.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
62.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
270.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
160.6  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
159.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
137.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
137.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
106.7  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
86.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
47.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
159  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
146  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
120  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
91  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
low 800x600
492.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
334.8  fps    + Compare
high 1360x768
278.1  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
246.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F1 2011

F1 2011

2011
low 800x600
147  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
96  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
87  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
73  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
258  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
234.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
123  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Crysis 2

Crysis 2

2011
low 800x600
101.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
101.2  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
100.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
83.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Additional Benchmarks
Ultra DX11 High Res Textures 1920x1080
65.2
low 1024x768
320.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1360x768
117.8  fps    + Compare
high 1360x768
117.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
108.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 800x600
134.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1360x768
133.7  fps    + Compare
high 1600x900
105.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
46.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.

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