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 17.81 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000.

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
 
Core clock speed
850 MHz
 
of 1620 (Quadro RTX 5000)
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
 
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

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
 
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 (11_1)
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
of 4.6

Video card benchmark 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

17.81

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

3805

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

Let's see how good Radeon HD 7970M 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

Fortnite

2018
Fortnite

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970M performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

HD 7970M
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 660
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Official system requirements

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

HD 7970M
minimum GeForce GTX 960
recommended GeForce GTX 1060
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
Overwatch

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970M performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

HD 7970M
minimum Radeon HD 4850
recommended Radeon HD 7950
GTA V

GTA V

2015
GTA V

Official system requirements

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

HD 7970M
minimum GeForce 9800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660
Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

2015
Rainbow Six Siege

Official system requirements

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

HD 7970M
minimum GeForce GTX 460
recommended Radeon HD 7970
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Official system requirements

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

HD 7970M
minimum GeForce 6800
recommended GeForce 8800 GT
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
Dota 2

Official system requirements

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

HD 7970M
minimum GeForce 8600 GT

FPS tests

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

low / 768p
108
 
medium / 768p
94
 
ultra / 1080p
80
 
Counter-Strike: GO

Counter-Strike: GO

2012
Counter-Strike: GO

Official system requirements

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

HD 7970M
recommended GeForce 6600

FPS tests

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

low / 768p
229
 
medium / 768p
200
 
high / 768p
178
 
ultra / 1080p
121
 
League of Legends

League of Legends

2009
League of Legends

Official system requirements

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

HD 7970M
minimum GeForce 6100
recommended GeForce 8800 GT
Minecraft

Minecraft

2009
Minecraft

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970M performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

HD 7970M
minimum Radeon HD 2400
recommended Radeon HD 5870

Battlefield 4

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970M performance compared to Battlefield 4 official system requirements.

HD 7970M
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 4 on Radeon HD 7970M.

low / 768p
74
 
medium / 768p
62
 
high / 768p
53
 
ultra / 1080p
35
 

Crysis 3

2013

Official system requirements

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

HD 7970M
minimum GeForce GTS 450
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

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

low / 768p
106
 
medium / 768p
64
 
high / 768p
45
 
ultra / 1080p
20
 

Tomb Raider

2013

Official system requirements

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

HD 7970M
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

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

low / 768p
249
 
medium / 768p
165
 
high / 768p
99
 
ultra / 1080p
46
 

Diablo III

2012

Official system requirements

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

HD 7970M
minimum GeForce 7800 GT
recommended Radeon HD 4870

FPS tests

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

low / 768p
243
 
medium / 768p
211
 
high / 768p
128
 
ultra / 1080p
94
 

Dishonored

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 7970M performance compared to Dishonored official system requirements.

HD 7970M
minimum Radeon HD 5850
recommended Radeon HD 5850

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dishonored on Radeon HD 7970M.

low / 768p
124
 
medium / 768p
123
 
high / 768p
124
 
ultra / 1080p
98
 

Mass Effect 3

2012

Official system requirements

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

HD 7970M
minimum GeForce 7900 GT
recommended GeForce 9800 GT

FPS tests

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

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

World of Tanks v8

2012

Official system requirements

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

HD 7970M
minimum GeForce 6800
recommended Radeon HD 7850

FPS tests

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

low / 768p
111
 
medium / 768p
68
 
high / 768p
47
 
ultra / 1080p
40
 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

2011

Official system requirements

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

HD 7970M
recommended GeForce GTX 260

FPS tests

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

low / 720p
97
 
medium / 768p
88
 
high / 768p
87
 
ultra / 1080p
57
 

StarCraft 2

2010

Official system requirements

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

HD 7970M
minimum GeForce 7600 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 650

FPS tests

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

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 880M, which is slower by 3% and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

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