AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
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  • Interface MXM-B (3.0)
  • Core clock speed 1038 + Boost
  • Max video memory 8 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 2500 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
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  • Core clock speed 850
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4800
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 170$
Games supported 85%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating220190
Place by popularityno data19
Value for money6.6729.39
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)GCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameGM204Neptune CF
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
Release date7 October 2014
(8 years old)
1 May 2012
(10 years old)
Current price$583 $170
Value for money

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores15362560
CUDA cores1536no data
Core clock speed1038 MHz850 MHz
Boost clock speed1127 MHz900 MHz
Number of transistors5,200 millionno data
Manufacturing process technology28 nm28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)unknown200 Watt
Texture fill rate51.84no data
Floating-point performance3,462 gflopsno data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980M and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizelargelarge
Bus supportPCI Express 3.0no data
InterfaceMXM-B (3.0)no data
Supplementary power connectorsNoneno data
SLI options+no data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount8 GBno data
Memory bus width256 Bit2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed2500 MHz4800 MHz
Memory bandwidth160 GB/sno data
Shared memory--

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsNo outputsno data
VGA аnalog display support+no data
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support+no data
HDMI+no data
G-SYNC support+no data

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

GameStream+no data
GeForce ShadowPlay+no data
GPU Boost2.0no data
GameWorks+no data
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder+no data
Optimus+no data
BatteryBoost+no data
Ansel+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (12_1)11.1
Shader Model6.4no data
OpenGL4.5no data
OpenCL1.1no data
Vulkan1.1.126no data
CUDA+no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 980M 18.65
HD 8970M Crossfire 21.10
+13.1%
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 980M 31944
HD 8970M Crossfire 34215
+7.1%

Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire outperforms GeForce GTX 980M by 7% in 3DMark Vantage Performance.

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 980M 12517
+0.7%
HD 8970M Crossfire 12424

GeForce GTX 980M outperforms Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire by 1% in 3DMark 11 Performance GPU.

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 980M 65241
HD 8970M Crossfire 70114
+7.5%

Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire outperforms GeForce GTX 980M by 7% in 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU.

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 980M 8343
+2.4%
HD 8970M Crossfire 8145

GeForce GTX 980M outperforms Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire by 2% in 3DMark Fire Strike Score.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 980M 9682
HD 8970M Crossfire 10354
+6.9%

Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire outperforms GeForce GTX 980M by 7% in 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics.

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

GTX 980M 327632
+21.4%
HD 8970M Crossfire 269832

GeForce GTX 980M outperforms Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire by 21% in 3DMark Ice Storm GPU.

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

Benchmark coverage: 4%

GTX 980M 111
HD 8970M Crossfire 123
+10.8%

Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire outperforms GeForce GTX 980M by 11% in Unigine Heaven 3.0.

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 980M and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 383 Mh/s no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

900p173no data
Full HD72
+2.9%
70
−2.9%
1440p36no data
4K27no data

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 30−33
−10%
30−35
+10%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 51
+21.4%
40−45
−21.4%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
−16.1%
35−40
+16.1%
Battlefield 5 82
+20.6%
65−70
−20.6%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 45−50
−14.6%
55−60
+14.6%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−33
−10%
30−35
+10%
Far Cry 5 58
+5.5%
55−60
−5.5%
Far Cry New Dawn 60
+9.1%
55−60
−9.1%
Forza Horizon 4 74
+2.8%
70−75
−2.8%
Hitman 3 50−55
−17%
60−65
+17%
Horizon Zero Dawn 40−45
−12.5%
45−50
+12.5%
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−33
−13.3%
30−35
+13.3%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 51
+13.3%
45−50
−13.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
−14.7%
35−40
+14.7%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 44
+4.8%
40−45
−4.8%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
−16.1%
35−40
+16.1%
Battlefield 5 68
+0%
65−70
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 45−50
−14.6%
55−60
+14.6%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−33
−10%
30−35
+10%
Far Cry 5 53
−3.8%
55−60
+3.8%
Far Cry New Dawn 56
+1.8%
55−60
−1.8%
Forza Horizon 4 68
−5.9%
70−75
+5.9%
Hitman 3 50−55
−17%
60−65
+17%
Horizon Zero Dawn 40−45
−12.5%
45−50
+12.5%
Metro Exodus 31
−6.5%
30−35
+6.5%
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−33
−13.3%
30−35
+13.3%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 42
−7.1%
45−50
+7.1%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 61
+32.6%
45−50
−32.6%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
−14.7%
35−40
+14.7%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 26
−61.5%
40−45
+61.5%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
−16.1%
35−40
+16.1%
Battlefield 5 61
−11.5%
65−70
+11.5%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−33
−10%
30−35
+10%
Far Cry 5 50
−10%
55−60
+10%
Far Cry New Dawn 51
−7.8%
55−60
+7.8%
Forza Horizon 4 47
−53.2%
70−75
+53.2%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 33
−39.4%
45−50
+39.4%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
−14.7%
35−40
+14.7%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
−14.3%
30−35
+14.3%
Hitman 3 30−35
−12.9%
35−40
+12.9%
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
−12%
27−30
+12%
Metro Exodus 19
−5.3%
20−22
+5.3%
Red Dead Redemption 2 14−16
−13.3%
16−18
+13.3%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 25
−8%
27−30
+8%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 12−14 no data
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 20
−10%
21−24
+10%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
−18.8%
18−20
+18.8%
Battlefield 5 45
−4.4%
45−50
+4.4%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Far Cry 5 34
−2.9%
35−40
+2.9%
Far Cry New Dawn 38
−2.6%
35−40
+2.6%
Forza Horizon 4 39
−12.8%
40−45
+12.8%
Watch Dogs: Legion 12−14
−15.4%
14−16
+15.4%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14−16
−14.3%
16−18
+14.3%
Hitman 3 18−20
−16.7%
21−24
+16.7%
Horizon Zero Dawn 12−14
−15.4%
14−16
+15.4%
Metro Exodus 12
+0%
12−14
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12
−16.7%
14−16
+16.7%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 22
+0%
21−24
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12
−8.3%
12−14
+8.3%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 9−10
−22.2%
10−12
+22.2%
Battlefield 5 23
−8.7%
24−27
+8.7%
Cyberpunk 2077 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Far Cry 5 16
−6.3%
16−18
+6.3%
Far Cry New Dawn 20
+0%
20−22
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 26
−11.5%
27−30
+11.5%
Watch Dogs: Legion 7−8
−14.3%
8−9
+14.3%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 18.65 21.10
Recency 7 October 2014 1 May 2012
Pipelines / CUDA cores 1536 2560

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire

since it shows better performance.


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Competitors of GeForce GTX 980M by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 980M from AMD is Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000), which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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Competitors of Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire by NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 880M SLI, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our performance rating.

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