AMD Radeon HD 7970M: specs and benchmarks

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Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 7970M sales 1 May 2012. This is a laptop graphics card based on a GCN architecture and made with 28 nm manufacturing process. It is 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 9.91% of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

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General info

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

Place in performance ranking408
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Value for money4.23
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameWimbledon XT
Market segmentLaptop
Release date1 May 2012 (11 years old)
Current price$338 of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)
Value for money

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Technical specs

Radeon HD 7970M's specs 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 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
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)
Power consumption (TDP)100 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate68.00of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance2,176 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Size and compatibility

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 have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed4800 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth153.6 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)
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
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.2.131

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon HD 7970M. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. 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.

Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of 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: 25%

HD 7970M 3846

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 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 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: 4%

HD 7970M 58

Mining hashrates

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

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 254 Mh/s  

Gaming performance

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 across all PC games

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

900p84
Full HD60

Performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 14−16

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 21−24
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 14−16
Battlefield 5 30−35
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 14−16
Far Cry 5 24−27
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Hitman 3 24−27
Horizon Zero Dawn 20−22
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 21−24
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 21−24
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 14−16
Battlefield 5 30−35
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 14−16
Far Cry 5 24−27
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Hitman 3 24−27
Horizon Zero Dawn 20−22
Metro Exodus 14−16
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 21−24
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 20−22
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 21−24
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 14−16
Battlefield 5 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 14−16
Far Cry 5 24−27
Far Cry New Dawn 24−27
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 20−22
Watch Dogs: Legion 16−18

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14−16
Hitman 3 14−16
Horizon Zero Dawn 14−16
Metro Exodus 8−9
Red Dead Redemption 2 7−8
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12−14

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 9−10
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 16−18
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
Far Cry 5 16−18
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−11
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 7−8
Hitman 3 9−10
Horizon Zero Dawn 9−10
Metro Exodus 3−4
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 7−8

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 4−5
Battlefield 5 8−9
Cyberpunk 2077 1−2
Far Cry 5 8−9
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
Forza Horizon 4 12−14
Watch Dogs: Legion 3−4

Relative perfomance

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


NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon HD 7970M is GeForce GTX 880M, which is slower by 1% and lower by 2 positions in our ranking.

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Similar GPUs

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

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Recommended processors

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