AMD Radeon HD 7970: specs and benchmarks

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Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 7970 sales 22 December 2011 at a recommended price of $549 . This is a desktop graphics card based on a GCN architecture and made with 28 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamer market. 6 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 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 300 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 13.52% of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

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General info

Some basic facts about Radeon HD 7970: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking341
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Value for money4.00
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameTahiti XT
Market segmentDesktop
Designreference
Release date22 December 2011 (12 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$549
Current price$89 (0.2x MSRP)of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)
Value for money

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Technical specs

Radeon HD 7970's specs 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 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Boost clock speed925 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors4,313 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Power consumption (TDP)300 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate118.4of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance3,789 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Size and compatibility

This section provides details about the physical dimensions of Radeon HD 7970 and its compatibility with other computer components. This information is useful when selecting a computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics cards, it includes details about the interface and bus (for motherboard compatibility) and additional power connectors (for power supply compatibility).

Bus supportPCIe 2.1 x16
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length274 mm
Width2-slot
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 have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount6 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width384 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed1375 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth264 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)
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 graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display Connectors1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Eyefinity+
HDMI+
DisplayPort support-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 7970. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

AppAcceleration-
CrossFire1
Enduro-
FreeSync1
HD3D-
PowerTune-
TrueAudio-
ZeroCore-

API support

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

DirectXDirectX® 11
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Mantle-

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon HD 7970. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. 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.

Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of 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.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

HD 7970 5248

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: 17%

HD 7970 24757

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: 17%

HD 7970 7770

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 graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

HD 7970 6862

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: 14%

HD 7970 43795

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%

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Unigine Heaven 4.0

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.

Benchmark coverage: 1%

HD 7970 985

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  

Gaming performance

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.

Average FPS across all PC games

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

900p105
Full HD93

Performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 21−24

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27−30
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 21−24
Battlefield 5 45−50
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 35−40
Cyberpunk 2077 21−24
Far Cry 5 35−40
Far Cry New Dawn 35−40
Forza Horizon 4 45−50
Hitman 3 35−40
Horizon Zero Dawn 27−30
Red Dead Redemption 2 21−24
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 27−30
Watch Dogs: Legion 24−27

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27−30
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 21−24
Battlefield 5 45−50
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 35−40
Cyberpunk 2077 21−24
Far Cry 5 35−40
Far Cry New Dawn 35−40
Forza Horizon 4 45−50
Hitman 3 35−40
Horizon Zero Dawn 27−30
Metro Exodus 21−24
Red Dead Redemption 2 21−24
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 27−30
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 27−30
Watch Dogs: Legion 24−27

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27−30
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 21−24
Battlefield 5 45−50
Cyberpunk 2077 21−24
Far Cry 5 35−40
Far Cry New Dawn 35−40
Forza Horizon 4 45−50
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 27−30
Watch Dogs: Legion 24−27

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 20−22
Hitman 3 21−24
Horizon Zero Dawn 18−20
Metro Exodus 12−14
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−11
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16−18

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 14−16
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−11
Battlefield 5 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 7−8
Far Cry 5 21−24
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 16−18
Watch Dogs: Legion 8−9

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9−10
Hitman 3 12−14
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−11
Metro Exodus 6−7
Red Dead Redemption 2 7−8
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 8−9
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 12−14

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 8−9
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 6−7
Battlefield 5 14−16
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
Far Cry 5 10−12
Far Cry New Dawn 12−14
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6

Relative perfomance

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


NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon HD 7970 is GeForce GTX 670, which is faster by 2% and higher by 2 positions in our ranking.

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended processors

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