AMD Radeon HD 7970M: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon HD 7970M
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  • 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 13.63
Graphics card Technical data and tests
AMD Radeon HD 7970M
AMD Radeon HD 7970M AMD Radeon HD 7970M

Summary

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

13.63%

percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon HD 7970M's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating310
Value for money3.08
ArchitectureGCN
GPU code nameWimbledon XT
Market segmentLaptop
Release date1 May 2012 (9 years ago)
Price now$338 of 11999 (Tesla V100 FHHL)
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 14080 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Core clock speed850 MHzof 2233 (Playstation 5 GPU)
Number of transistors2,800 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 5 (Apple M1 GPU)
Thermal design power (TDP)100 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate68.00of 779.2 (Radeon RX 6900 XTX)
Floating-point performance2,176 gflopsof 2918.4 (GRID K340)

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

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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed4800 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth153.6 GB/sof 1024 (Radeon VII)
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 video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display ConnectorsNo outputs

API support

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

DirectX12 (11_1)
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.2.131

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 13.63
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0
  • Passmark

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.

HD 7970M 31869
HD 7970M 4307

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.

HD 7970M 4694

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.

HD 7970M 5645

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.

HD 7970M 21938

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.

HD 7970M 58

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.

HD 7970M 3619

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.

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

900p84
1080p61

Relative perfomance

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


NVIDIA equivalent

The nearest Radeon HD 7970M's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce MX450, which is faster by 3% and higher by 7 positions in our rating.

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User rating

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