AMD Radeon HD 7970: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon HD 7970

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 7970 sales 22 December 2011 at a recommended price of $549. This is GCN 1.0 architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 3 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. 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 24.35 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA TITAN V.

General info

Of Radeon HD 7970's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
GCN 1.0
 
Code name
Tahiti
 
Type
Desktop
 
Design
reference
 
Release date
22 December 2011
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$549
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)

Technical specs

Radeon HD 7970'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 7970's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2048
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Boost Clock
925 MHz
 
Transistor count
4,313 million
 
of 21100
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 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).
Bus support
PCIe 2.1 x16
 
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
274 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
 

Memory specs

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 type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
3 GB
 
of 32
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
1375 MHz
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
264 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

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

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.
CrossFire
+
 
FreeSync
+
 
Eyefinity
+
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 7970, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 11
 
OpenGL
4.6
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 7970. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
24.37
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
43795
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
5880
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
6862
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
7770
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
24757
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
78
 
Unigine Heaven 4.0
985
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
8540
 

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 (in FPS)

Let's see how good Radeon HD 7970 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.02
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
96
 
medium / 768p
85
 
high / 768p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
28
 
Dota 2 (2013)
ultra / 1080p
99
 
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013)
ultra / 1080p
62
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
high / 768p
161
 
ultra / 1080p
73
 
Counter-Strike: GO (2012)
low / 768p
251
 
medium / 768p
234
 
high / 768p
213
 
ultra / 1080p
212
 
Diablo III (2012)
low / 768p
213
 
medium / 768p
191
 
high / 768p
189
 
ultra / 1080p
191
 
Dishonored (2012)
low / 768p
128
 
medium / 768p
128
 
high / 768p
128
 
ultra / 1080p
128
 
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
medium / 768p
100
 
high / 768p
80
 
ultra / 1080p
62
 
StarCraft 2 (2010)
low / 768p
321
 
medium / 768p
118
 
high / 768p
117
 
ultra / 1080p
109
 

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 7970 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 670, which is faster by 6% and higher by 6 positions in our rating.

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