AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI

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AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
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  • Core clock speed 850
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4800
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
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  • Core clock speed 720
  • Max video memory 2x 4096 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 3600
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 149$
Games supported 80%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating248241
Value for money21.7319.40
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)Kepler (2012−2018)
GPU code nameWimbledon XTN13E-GTX
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
Release date1 May 2012 (10 years ago)4 June 2012 (10 years ago)
Current price$126 $149
Value for money

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores25602688
Core clock speed850 MHz720 MHz
Manufacturing process technology28 nm28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)200 Wattno data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire and GeForce GTX 680M SLI 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 sizelargelarge
SLI optionsno data+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amountno data2x 4 GB
Memory bus width2x 256 Bit2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed4800 MHz3600 MHz
Shared memory--

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

Optimusno data+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX11.111
CUDAno data+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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 Crossfire 15.89
GTX 680M SLI 16.32
+2.7%
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU

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 Crossfire 31127
GTX 680M SLI 32635
+4.8%

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 Crossfire 11119
+1.5%
GTX 680M SLI 10952

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

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

900p132
−0.8%
133
+0.8%
Full HD102
+4.1%
98
−4.1%

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
−3.8%
27−30
+3.8%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
−3.1%
30−35
+3.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
−3.8%
27−30
+3.8%
Battlefield 5 50−55
−1.9%
50−55
+1.9%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 40−45
−2.4%
40−45
+2.4%
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
−3.8%
27−30
+3.8%
Far Cry 5 40−45
−5%
40−45
+5%
Far Cry New Dawn 40−45
−2.3%
40−45
+2.3%
Forza Horizon 4 55−60
−1.8%
55−60
+1.8%
Hitman 3 40−45
−2.3%
45−50
+2.3%
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
−3.1%
30−35
+3.1%
Red Dead Redemption 2 27−30
+0%
27−30
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 30−35
−2.9%
35−40
+2.9%
Watch Dogs: Legion 27−30
−3.6%
27−30
+3.6%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
−3.1%
30−35
+3.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
−3.8%
27−30
+3.8%
Battlefield 5 50−55
−1.9%
50−55
+1.9%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 40−45
−2.4%
40−45
+2.4%
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
−3.8%
27−30
+3.8%
Far Cry 5 40−45
−5%
40−45
+5%
Far Cry New Dawn 40−45
−2.3%
40−45
+2.3%
Forza Horizon 4 55−60
−1.8%
55−60
+1.8%
Hitman 3 40−45
−2.3%
45−50
+2.3%
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
−3.1%
30−35
+3.1%
Metro Exodus 24−27
−4.2%
24−27
+4.2%
Red Dead Redemption 2 27−30
+0%
27−30
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 30−35
−2.9%
35−40
+2.9%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 30−35
−2.9%
35−40
+2.9%
Watch Dogs: Legion 27−30
−3.6%
27−30
+3.6%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
−3.1%
30−35
+3.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27
−3.8%
27−30
+3.8%
Battlefield 5 50−55
−1.9%
50−55
+1.9%
Cyberpunk 2077 24−27
−3.8%
27−30
+3.8%
Far Cry 5 40−45
−5%
40−45
+5%
Far Cry New Dawn 40−45
−2.3%
40−45
+2.3%
Forza Horizon 4 55−60
−1.8%
55−60
+1.8%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 30−35
−2.9%
35−40
+2.9%
Watch Dogs: Legion 27−30
−3.6%
27−30
+3.6%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
−4%
24−27
+4%
Hitman 3 24−27
+0%
24−27
+0%
Horizon Zero Dawn 21−24
+0%
21−24
+0%
Metro Exodus 14−16
+0%
14−16
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 14−16
+0%
14−16
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 20−22
+0%
20−22
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 16−18
+0%
16−18
+0%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 14−16
+0%
14−16
+0%
Battlefield 5 35−40
−2.9%
35−40
+2.9%
Cyberpunk 2077 9−10
+0%
9−10
+0%
Far Cry 5 24−27
−3.8%
27−30
+3.8%
Far Cry New Dawn 30−33
−3.3%
30−35
+3.3%
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
−2.9%
35−40
+2.9%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12
+0%
10−12
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 12−14
−8.3%
12−14
+8.3%
Hitman 3 14−16
−6.7%
16−18
+6.7%
Horizon Zero Dawn 12−14
+0%
12−14
+0%
Metro Exodus 8−9
−12.5%
9−10
+12.5%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−11
−10%
10−12
+10%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−11
+0%
10−11
+0%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 16−18
+0%
16−18
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 9−10
−11.1%
10−11
+11.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 8−9
+0%
8−9
+0%
Battlefield 5 18−20
+0%
18−20
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Far Cry 5 12−14
+0%
12−14
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 16−18
+0%
16−18
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 21−24
−4.5%
21−24
+4.5%
Watch Dogs: Legion 6−7
−16.7%
7−8
+16.7%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 15.89 16.32
Recency 1 May 2012 4 June 2012
Pipelines / CUDA cores 2560 2688

Technical City couldn't decide between

AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire

and

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI

The differences in performance seem too small.


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Competitors of Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire by NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, which is faster by 2% and higher by 5 positions in our performance rating.

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Competitors of GeForce GTX 680M SLI by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 680M SLI from AMD is Radeon RX 470 Mobile, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

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