AMD Radeon HD 7970 technical specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon HD 7970

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 7970 sales 22 December 2011 at a recommended price of 549 USD. This is a GCN architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 3072 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.38 GHz are supplied, and together with 384 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 264 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is 2-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 274 mm. An additional 1 power connector 6-pin and 1 power connector 8-pin are required, and power consumption is at 300 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 25.47 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA Quadro P6000.

General info

Info on video card type (desktop or notebook), its architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
GCN
 
Code name
Tahiti XT
 
Type
Desktop
 
Design
reference
 
Release date
22 December 2011
 
Launch price (MSRP)
549 USD
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)

Technical specs

Quantitative parameters such as shaders number, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly say of video card performance, but to be more precise you have to review it's benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2048
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Boost Clock
925 MHz
 
Transistor count
4310 Million
 
of 21100 (Tesla V100 PCIe)
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
300 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
118.4
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
3,789 gflops
 
of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on video card 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). For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus - if the video card is inserted into the slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.
Bus support
PCIe 2.1 x16
 
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
274 mm
 
Width
2-slot
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
 

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on the video card - type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
3 GB
 
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Memory clock speed
1375 MHz
 
of 11408 (TITAN Xp)
Memory bandwidth
264 GB/s
 
of 1024 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Video connectors present on the video card. Mostly actual for desktop video cards since notebook ones' available video connectors vastly depend on the notebook model.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
 
Eyefinity
+
 
HDMI
+
 

Technologies

Technological solutions supported by the GPU. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
CrossFire
+
 
FreeSync
+
 
Eyefinity
+
 

API support

APIs supported by video card, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 11
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
25.47
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
43795.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
5880.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
6862.00
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
7770.00
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
24757.00
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
77.80
 
 
Unigine Heaven 4.0
985
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
8540
 
 

Mining hashrate

Video card cryptocurrency mining capabilities. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
485 Mh/s
 
 
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
20.71 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks (in FPS)

How good for gaming a particular GPU is. Gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade of the video card.
Overall gaming performance
92.00
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
96.20
 
medium / 768p
84.50
 
high / 768p
59.80
 
ultra / 1080p
28.30
 
Diablo III (2012)
low / 768p
213.00
 
medium / 768p
190.80
 
high / 768p
188.90
 
ultra / 1080p
191.40
 
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
medium / 768p
100.40
 
high / 768p
80.30
 
ultra / 1080p
62.30
 
Counter-Strike: GO (2012)
low / 768p
251.10
 
medium / 768p
233.80
 
high / 768p
212.60
 
ultra / 1080p
212.20
 

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