AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire

AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire

The AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire (also known as the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 8970 X2 or CrossFireX) is a combination of two high-end graphics card for big and heavy laptops. Usually, each single card renders a single frame in an alternating manner. Therefore, it may suffer from micro stuttering in low frame rates below 30 FPS due to staggering timespans between two frames (e.g., irregular delays between sequential frames).

The HD 8970M is based on the desktop HD 7870 Pitcairn chip with 1280 1D shaders and 80 texture units. The GCN (graphics core next) architecture supports DirectX11 and OpenGL 4.2. More information on the features of the single 8970M can be found on the GPU page. Compared to the 7970M, the 8970M is based on the same chip but offers an increased core clock rate by 50 MHz when in Turbo.

The Performance of two HD 8970M GPUs in Crossfire mode is similar to the GeForce GTX 680M SLI an just slightly below the GTX 780M SLI. As of 2013, however, the Crossfire solution currently suffers more from micro stuttering than Nvidia SLI solutions. Regardless, modern and demanding games like Battlefield 3 or Metro Last Light are still playable in high resolution and max. settings with anti-aliasing.

The power consumption of the CF combination is very high (2x 100 Watt) and is thus only suited for very large desktop replacement laptops.

Radeon HD 8900M Series
Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire 2560 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
Radeon HD 8970M (compare) 1280 @ 850 - 900 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 4800 MHz
CodenameNeptune CF
Pipelines2560 - unified
Core Speed850 - 900 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed4800 MHz
Memory Bus Width2x 256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11.1, Shader 5.0
technology28 nm
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement01.05.2012


3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 22284     avg: 22716     median: 22905 (37%)     max: 22959 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 69869     avg: 72419.3     median: 70114 (38%)     max: 77275 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 8049     avg: 8290.3     median: 8145 (30%)     max: 8677 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 10163     avg: 10604.3     median: 10354 (25%)     max: 11296 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 275145     avg: 310088     median: 309449 (41%)     max: 345670 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 10816     avg: 11230     median: 10997 (31%)     max: 11877 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 12361     avg: 13160.3     median: 12424 (24%)     max: 14696 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 +
Tcvis 1920x1080 +
SolidWorks 1920x1080 +
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 +
Maya 1920x1080 +
Lightwave 1920x1080 +
Ensight 1920x1080 +
Catia 1920x1080 +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
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.

low 1280x720
81.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
72.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
58.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
37.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
144  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
142  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
63  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
55  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
189  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
152  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
126  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
56  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
77.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
78.6  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
75.1  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
66.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.