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 23.80 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

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 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Boost Clock
925 MHz
 
of 1815 (Quadro RTX 5000)
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 GTexel / s
 
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

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
 
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Memory clock speed
1375 MHz
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
264 GB / s
 
of 1024 (FirePro S9300 X2)
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
4.5
 
of 4.6

Video card benchmark 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
23.62
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

Let's see how good Radeon HD 7970 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.

Fortnite

2018

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 660

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum GeForce GTX 960
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

Overwatch

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum HD Graphics 4400
recommended GeForce GTX 660

GTA V

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum GeForce 9800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

Rainbow Six Siege

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum GeForce GTX 460
recommended Radeon HD 7970

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum GeForce 6800
recommended GeForce 8800 GT

Dota 2

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum GeForce 8600 GT

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dota 2 on Radeon HD 7970.

ultra / 1080p
99
 

Counter-Strike: GO

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
recommended GeForce 6600

FPS tests

Real world test results of Counter-Strike: GO on Radeon HD 7970.

low / 768p
251
 
medium / 768p
234
 
high / 768p
213
 
ultra / 1080p
212
 

League of Legends

2009

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum GeForce 6150
recommended GeForce 8800 GT

Minecraft

2009

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum Radeon HD 2400
recommended Radeon HD 5970

Crysis 3

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to Crysis 3 official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum GeForce GTS 450
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Crysis 3 on Radeon HD 7970.

low / 768p
96
 
medium / 768p
85
 
high / 768p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
28
 

Tomb Raider

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to Tomb Raider official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Tomb Raider on Radeon HD 7970.

high / 768p
161
 
ultra / 1080p
73
 

Diablo III

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to Diablo III official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum GeForce 7800 GT
recommended Radeon HD 4870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Diablo III on Radeon HD 7970.

low / 768p
213
 
medium / 768p
191
 
high / 768p
189
 
ultra / 1080p
191
 

Dishonored

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to Dishonored official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum Radeon HD 5850
recommended Radeon HD 5850

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dishonored on Radeon HD 7970.

low / 768p
128
 
medium / 768p
128
 
high / 768p
128
 
ultra / 1080p
128
 

Mass Effect 3

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to Mass Effect 3 official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum GeForce 7900 GT
recommended GeForce 9800 GT

FPS tests

Real world test results of Mass Effect 3 on Radeon HD 7970.

low / 720p
60
 
high / 768p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
60
 

World of Tanks v8

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to World of Tanks v8 official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum GeForce 6800
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of World of Tanks v8 on Radeon HD 7970.

low / 768p
117
 
medium / 768p
75
 
high / 768p
69
 
ultra / 1080p
58
 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

2011

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
recommended GeForce GTX 260

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Radeon HD 7970.

medium / 768p
100
 
high / 768p
80
 
ultra / 1080p
62
 

StarCraft 2

2010

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970 performance compared to StarCraft 2 official system requirements.

Radeon HD 7970
minimum GeForce 7600 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 650

FPS tests

Real world test results of StarCraft 2 on Radeon HD 7970.

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 760, which is slower by 6% and lower by 14 positions in our rating.

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