AMD Radeon HD 6970M: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon HD 6970M

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 6970M sales 6 January 2011. This is Terascale 2 architecture notebook card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at office use. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 900 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 115.2 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via MXM-B (3.0) interface. Power consumption is at 75 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 2.91 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

Of Radeon HD 6970M's architecture, market type and release date.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.06
 
Architecture
Terascale 2
 
GPU code name
Blackcomb XT
 
Market segment
Laptop
 
Launch date
6 January 2011 (10 years ago)
 
Price now
$257
 

Technical specs

Radeon HD 6970M's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 6970M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
960
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
680 MHz
 
Transistor count
1,700 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
75 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
32.64
 
Floating-point performance
1,305.6 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 6970M's 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 size
large
 
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
Supplementary power connectors
None
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 6970M: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
 
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
900 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
115.2 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 6970M. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors
No outputs
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 6970M, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX
11.2 (11_0)
 
Shader Model
5.0
 
OpenGL
4.4
 
OpenCL
1.2
 
Vulkan
N/A
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 6970M. 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.

2.91

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.

2819

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.

11898

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

2270

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 6970M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
118 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 6970M is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

NVIDIA equivalent

The nearest Radeon HD 6970M's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 580M, which is faster by 2% and higher by 10 positions in our rating.

User rating

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