AMD Radeon HD 7970: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon HD 7970
Radeon HD 7970
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 925
  • Max video memory 3072 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 5500
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2011
Performance 19.77
Graphics card Technical data and tests
AMD Radeon HD 7970
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Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 7970 sales 22 December 2011 at a recommended price of $549. This is GCN architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 3 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5.5 GHz are supplied, and together with 384 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 264.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 274 mm. One 6-pin and one 8-pin connectors are required, and power consumption is at 250 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

19.77%

percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon HD 7970's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating231
Value for money12.08
ArchitectureGCN
GPU code nameTahiti XT
Market segmentDesktop
Release date22 December 2011 (9 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$549
Price now$266 (0.5x MSRP)of 11999 (Tesla V100 FHHL)
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Technical specs

Radeon HD 7970's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 7970's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores2048of 14080 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Core clock speed925 MHzof 2233 (Playstation 5 GPU)
Number of transistors4,313 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 5 (Apple M1 GPU)
Thermal design power (TDP)250 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate118.4of 779.2 (Radeon RX 6900 XTX)
Floating-point performance3,789 gflopsof 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 7970's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length274 mm
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 7970: 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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount3 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width384 Bitof 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed5500 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth264.0 GB/sof 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 7970. 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 Connectors1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Eyefinity+
HDMI+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 7970, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (11_1)
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.2.131

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 7970. 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.

HD 7970 19.77
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0
  • Passmark

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark, a newer version of Unigine 3.0 with relatively small differences. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. The benchmark is still sometimes used, despite its significant age, as it was released back in 2013.

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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.

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Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 7970. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 485 Mh/s  
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 20.71 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 7970 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

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

900p105
1080p93

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

The nearest Radeon HD 7970's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 670, which is faster by 2% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

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User rating

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