AMD Radeon HD 7970M technical specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon HD 7970M

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 7970M sales 24 April 2012. This is a GCN 1.0 architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4.8 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 153.6 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via MXM-B (3.0) interface. No additional power connector is required, and power consumption is at 100 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 17.58 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of Radeon HD 7970M's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
GCN 1.0
 
Code name
Wimbledon
 
Type
Laptop
 
Release date
24 April 2012
 

Technical specs

Radeon HD 7970M'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 7970M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1280
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Core clock speed
850 MHz
 
Transistor count
2,800 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
of 12
Power consumption (TDP)
100 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
68
 
of 20896 (Tesla M10)
Floating-point performance
2,176 gflops
 

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 7970M'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). For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.
Laptop size
large
 
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
Supplementary power connectors
None
 

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 7970M: 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
2 GB
 
of 32 (Tesla M10)
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Memory clock speed
4800 MHz
 
Memory bandwidth
153.6 GB/s
 
of 11404 (GRID K1)
Shared memory
-
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 7970M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 11.1, Shader 5.0
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 7970M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
17.58
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
143656.00
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
31869.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4307.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
4694.00
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
5645.00
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
21938.00
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
57.65
 
 
Passmark
3793
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
5280
 
 

Mining hashrate

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 7970M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
254 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks (in FPS)

Let's see how good Radeon HD 7970M 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
7.38
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
73.80
 
medium / 768p
61.90
 
high / 768p
53.30
 
ultra / 1080p
35.30
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
106.00
 
medium / 768p
63.80
 
high / 768p
44.80
 
ultra / 1080p
20.30
 
X-Plane 10.25 (2013)
low / 768p
67.90
 
medium / 768p
38.80
 
high / 768p
20.20
 
ultra / 1080p
14.70
 
Counter-Strike: GO (2012)
low / 768p
228.80
 
medium / 768p
200.10
 
high / 768p
178.00
 
ultra / 1080p
121.45
 
Diablo III (2012)
low / 768p
243.10
 
medium / 768p
210.60
 
high / 768p
128.20
 
ultra / 1080p
94.10
 
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
low / 720p
97.00
 
medium / 768p
88.30
 
high / 768p
87.00
 
ultra / 1080p
57.05
 

Relative perfomance

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

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 7970M from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 680M SLI, which is faster by 4%.

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