AMD Radeon HD 8970M: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon HD 8970M
Radeon HD 8970M
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 850
  • Max video memory 4 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4800
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2013
Performance 13.03

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 8970M sales 15 May 2013. This is GCN architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 4 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 PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Power consumption is at 100 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

13.03%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon HD 8970M's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating325
Value for money8.49
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameNeptune
Market segmentLaptop
Release date15 May 2013 (9 years ago)
Price now$135 of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon HD 8970M'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 8970M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1280of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed850 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed900 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors2,800 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)100 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate72.00of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance2,304 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 8970M'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
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 8970M: 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 amount4 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed4800 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth153.6 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 8970M. 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 8970M, 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 8970M. 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 8970M 13.03
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0

Passmark

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.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

HD 8970M 3876

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 8970M 18667

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: 16%

HD 8970M 6818

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

HD 8970M 4246

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: 13%

HD 8970M 31027

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 enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

HD 8970M 5039

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: 5%

HD 8970M 56

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 8970M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 273 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 8970M 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 modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD53

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 12−14

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12−14
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 12−14
Battlefield 5 12−14
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 12−14
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
Far Cry 5 12−14
Far Cry New Dawn 12−14
Forza Horizon 4 12−14
Hitman 3 12−14
Horizon Zero Dawn 12−14
Red Dead Redemption 2 12−14
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12−14
Watch Dogs: Legion 12−14

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12−14
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 12−14
Battlefield 5 12−14
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 12−14
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
Far Cry 5 12−14
Far Cry New Dawn 12−14
Forza Horizon 4 12−14
Hitman 3 12−14
Horizon Zero Dawn 12−14
Metro Exodus 12−14
Red Dead Redemption 2 12−14
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12−14
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 31
Watch Dogs: Legion 12−14

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12−14
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 12−14
Battlefield 5 12−14
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
Far Cry 5 12−14
Far Cry New Dawn 12−14
Forza Horizon 4 12−14
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 18
Watch Dogs: Legion 12−14

1440p
High Preset

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

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12−14
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 12−14
Battlefield 5 12−14
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
Far Cry 5 12−14
Far Cry New Dawn 12−14
Forza Horizon 4 12−14
Watch Dogs: Legion 12−14

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 12−14
Hitman 3 12−14
Horizon Zero Dawn 12−14
Metro Exodus 12−14
Red Dead Redemption 2 12−14
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12−14
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 12−14

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12−14
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 12−14
Battlefield 5 12−14
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
Far Cry 5 12−14
Far Cry New Dawn 12−14
Forza Horizon 4 12−14
Watch Dogs: Legion 12−14

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 8970M from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 2 positions in our rating.

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