AMD Radeon HD 8970M: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon HD 8970M

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 8970M sales 14 May 2013. This is GCN 1.0 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 19.91 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of Radeon HD 8970M's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
GCN 1.0
 
Code name
Neptune
 
Type
Laptop
 
Release date
14 May 2013
 

Technical specs

Radeon HD 8970M'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 8970M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1280
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Core clock speed
850 MHz
 
Boost Clock
900 MHz
 
Transistor count
2,800 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
of 12
Power consumption (TDP)
100 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
72.00
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
2,304 gflops
 
of 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 size
large
 
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 

Memory specs

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 type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
of 32
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Memory clock speed
4800 MHz
 
Memory bandwidth
153.6 GB/s
 
of 1024 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 8970M.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 8970M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
11.1
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 8970M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
18.41
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
165557.00
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
31027.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4245.50
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
5038.50
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
6818.00
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
18666.50
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
56.10
 
 
Passmark
3876
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
5380
 
 

Mining hashrate

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 8970M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
273 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks (in FPS)

Let's see how good Radeon HD 8970M is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.33
 
 
Games can run, %
At minimum settings
98.06
At recommended settings
90.65
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
low / 720p
149.30
 
medium / 768p
99.90
 
high / 1080p
53.40
 
ultra / 1080p
50.10
 
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
low / 720p
62.10
 
medium / 768p
47.70
 
high / 1080p
27.80
 
ultra / 1080p
16.60
 
Doom (2016)
low / 720p
74.70
 
medium / 768p
69.30
 
high / 1080p
42.20
 
ultra / 1080p
40.80
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
101.00
 
medium / 1080p
50.00
 
high / 1080p
44.00
 
ultra / 1080p
35.00
 
Overwatch (2016)
low / 720p
172.30
 
medium / 768p
126.60
 
high / 1080p
116.30
 
ultra / 1080p
54.20
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
85.00
 
medium / 768p
54.00
 
high / 1080p
31.90
 
ultra / 1080p
23.40
 
The Division (2016)
low / 720p
82.60
 
medium / 768p
54.10
 
high / 1080p
29.80
 
ultra / 1080p
24.80
 
Titanfall 2 (2016)
low / 720p
144.00
 
medium / 768p
139.00
 
high / 1080p
60.00
 
ultra / 1080p
54.00
 
Watch Dogs 2 (2016)
low / 720p
73.80
 
medium / 768p
63.50
 
high / 1080p
33.00
 
ultra / 1080p
20.80
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
low / 720p
88.70
 
medium / 1080p
39.70
 
high / 1080p
25.60
 
ultra / 1080p
25.00
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
96.60
 
medium / 768p
66.80
 
high / 1080p
39.00
 
ultra / 1080p
30.90
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
138.10
 
medium / 768p
127.90
 
high / 1080p
55.20
 
ultra / 1080p
23.10
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
low / 768p
82.10
 
medium / 768p
67.50
 
high / 1080p
40.90
 
ultra / 1080p
37.00
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
212.70
 
medium / 768p
139.60
 
high / 1080p
81.30
 
ultra / 1080p
65.10
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
81.90
 
medium / 768p
53.60
 
high / 1080p
30.90
 
ultra / 1080p
17.70
 
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
182.70
 
medium / 768p
139.00
 
high / 1080p
102.00
 
ultra / 1080p
87.20
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
124.00
 
medium / 768p
104.10
 
high / 768p
83.30
 
ultra / 1080p
43.25
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
117.10
 
medium / 768p
77.60
 
high / 768p
44.35
 
ultra / 1080p
22.00
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
310.70
 
medium / 768p
188.40
 
high / 768p
133.30
 
ultra / 1080p
57.95
 
X-Plane 10.25 (2013)
low / 768p
81.70
 
medium / 768p
46.30
 
high / 768p
23.70
 
ultra / 1080p
17.20
 
Counter-Strike: GO (2012)
low / 768p
261.30
 
medium / 768p
238.30
 
high / 768p
219.70
 
ultra / 1080p
148.10
 
Diablo III (2012)
low / 768p
244.80
 
medium / 768p
206.50
 
high / 768p
182.70
 
ultra / 1080p
115.80
 
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
high / 768p
90.40
 
ultra / 1080p
48.80
 

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 8970M from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 680M SLI, which is faster by 3% and lower by 17 positions in our rating.

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