AMD Radeon HD 7970M: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon HD 7970M

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 7970M sales 24 April 2012. This is 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. Power consumption is at 100 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 18.32 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA TITAN V.

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 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Core clock speed
850 MHz
 
Transistor count
2,800 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
100 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
68 GTexel / s
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
2,176 gflops
 
of 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 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
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
4800 MHz
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
153.6 GB / s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 7970M.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 7970M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
of 4.6

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
18.36
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
31869
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4307
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
4694
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
5645
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
21938
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
58
 
Passmark
3800
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
5280
 

Mining hashrates

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
0.02
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
74
 
medium / 768p
62
 
high / 768p
53
 
ultra / 1080p
35
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
106
 
medium / 768p
64
 
high / 768p
45
 
ultra / 1080p
20
 
Dota 2 (2013)
low / 768p
108
 
medium / 768p
94
 
ultra / 1080p
80
 
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013)
low / 768p
268
 
medium / 768p
118
 
high / 768p
108
 
ultra / 1080p
47
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
249
 
medium / 768p
165
 
high / 768p
99
 
ultra / 1080p
46
 
X-Plane 10.25 (2013)
low / 768p
68
 
medium / 768p
39
 
high / 768p
20
 
ultra / 1080p
15
 
Counter-Strike: GO (2012)
low / 768p
229
 
medium / 768p
200
 
high / 768p
178
 
ultra / 1080p
121
 
Diablo III (2012)
low / 768p
243
 
medium / 768p
211
 
high / 768p
128
 
ultra / 1080p
94
 
Dishonored (2012)
low / 768p
124
 
medium / 768p
123
 
high / 768p
124
 
ultra / 1080p
98
 
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
low / 720p
97
 
medium / 768p
88
 
high / 768p
87
 
ultra / 1080p
57
 
StarCraft 2 (2010)
low / 768p
323
 
medium / 768p
76
 
high / 768p
70
 
ultra / 1080p
85
 

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 485M SLI, which is faster by 3% and higher by 4 positions in our rating.

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