AMD Radeon HD 7970M: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon HD 7970M
Radeon HD 7970M
  • Interface MXM-B (3.0)
  • Core clock speed 850
  • Max video memory 2 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4800
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2012
Performance 9.65


AMD started Radeon HD 7970M sales 1 May 2012. This is GCN 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. Power consumption is at 100 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at


of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

General info

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

Place in performance rating351
Value for money2.93
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameWimbledon XT
Market segmentLaptop
Release date1 May 2012 (10 years ago)
Current price$338 of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
Value for money

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Technical specs

Radeon HD 7970M's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base 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 / CUDA cores1280of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed850 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors2,800 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)100 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate68.00of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance2,176 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

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 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 sizelarge
InterfaceMXM-B (3.0)
Supplementary power connectorsNone


Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 7970M: 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 amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed4800 MHzof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Memory bandwidth153.6 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 7970M. 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 ConnectorsNo outputs

API support

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

DirectX12 (11_1)
Shader Model5.1

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 7970M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. 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.

HD 7970M 9.65
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  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0


This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various 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: 26%

HD 7970M 3774

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 7970M 21938

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 7970M 5645

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

HD 7970M 4307

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 enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

HD 7970M 4694

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 7970M 31869

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: 5%

HD 7970M 58

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 7970M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 254 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 7970M 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

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

Full HD61

Popular games

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Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18−20
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 12−14
Battlefield 5 30−35
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
Far Cry 5 21−24
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Hitman 3 21−24
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 18−20
Watch Dogs: Legion 14−16
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18−20
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 12−14
Battlefield 5 30−35
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
Far Cry 5 21−24
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Hitman 3 21−24
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 12−14
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 18−20
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 18−20
Watch Dogs: Legion 14−16
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18−20
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 12−14
Battlefield 5 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
Far Cry 5 21−24
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 18−20
Watch Dogs: Legion 14−16
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14−16
Hitman 3 14−16
Horizon Zero Dawn 12−14
Metro Exodus 8−9
Red Dead Redemption 2 8−9
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12−14
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 8−9
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 4−5
Far Cry 5 14−16
Far Cry New Dawn 14−16
Forza Horizon 4 18−20
Watch Dogs: Legion 6−7
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 7−8
Hitman 3 9−10
Horizon Zero Dawn 8−9
Metro Exodus 3−4
Red Dead Redemption 2 6−7
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 9−10
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 3−4
Battlefield 5 8−9
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
Far Cry 5 7−8
Far Cry New Dawn 10−11
Forza Horizon 4 12−14
Watch Dogs: Legion 4−5

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 7970M performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 7970M from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 965M, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GeForce GTX 965M

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 7970M:

Similar GPUs

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

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GeForce GTX 965M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M GeForce GTX 880M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M GeForce GTX 780M
AMD Radeon HD 8970M Radeon HD 8970M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M SLI GeForce GTX 675M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M SLI GeForce GTX 770M SLI

Recommended processors

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User rating

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