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 19.11 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA TITAN V.

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 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Core clock speed
850 MHz
 
Boost Clock
900 MHz
 
Transistor count
2,800 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
100 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
72 GTexel / s
 
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 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
4800 MHz
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
153.6 GB / s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)
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
12.0
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
of 4.6

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
18.61
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
31027
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4246
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
5039
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
6818
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
18667
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
56
 
Passmark
3876
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
5380
 

Mining hashrates

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
0.18
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
low / 720p
149
 
medium / 768p
100
 
high / 1080p
53
 
ultra / 1080p
50
 
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
low / 720p
62
 
medium / 768p
48
 
high / 1080p
28
 
ultra / 1080p
17
 
Doom (2016)
low / 720p
75
 
medium / 768p
69
 
high / 1080p
42
 
ultra / 1080p
41
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
101
 
medium / 1080p
50
 
high / 1080p
44
 
ultra / 1080p
35
 
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016)
low / 720p
82
 
medium / 768p
60
 
high / 1080p
33
 
ultra / 1080p
15
 
Overwatch (2016)
low / 720p
172
 
medium / 768p
127
 
high / 1080p
116
 
ultra / 1080p
54
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
85
 
medium / 768p
54
 
high / 1080p
32
 
ultra / 1080p
23
 
The Division (2016)
low / 720p
83
 
medium / 768p
54
 
high / 1080p
30
 
ultra / 1080p
25
 
Titanfall 2 (2016)
low / 720p
144
 
medium / 768p
139
 
high / 1080p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
54
 
Watch Dogs 2 (2016)
low / 720p
74
 
medium / 768p
64
 
high / 1080p
33
 
ultra / 1080p
21
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
low / 720p
89
 
medium / 1080p
40
 
high / 1080p
26
 
ultra / 1080p
25
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
97
 
medium / 768p
67
 
high / 1080p
39
 
ultra / 1080p
31
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
138
 
medium / 768p
128
 
high / 1080p
55
 
ultra / 1080p
23
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
low / 768p
82
 
medium / 768p
68
 
high / 1080p
41
 
ultra / 1080p
37
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
213
 
medium / 768p
140
 
high / 1080p
81
 
ultra / 1080p
65
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
82
 
medium / 768p
54
 
high / 1080p
31
 
ultra / 1080p
18
 
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
183
 
medium / 768p
139
 
high / 1080p
102
 
ultra / 1080p
87
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
124
 
medium / 768p
104
 
high / 768p
83
 
ultra / 1080p
43
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
117
 
medium / 768p
78
 
high / 768p
44
 
ultra / 1080p
22
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
311
 
medium / 768p
188
 
high / 768p
133
 
ultra / 1080p
58
 
X-Plane 10.25 (2013)
low / 768p
82
 
medium / 768p
46
 
high / 768p
24
 
ultra / 1080p
17
 
Counter-Strike: GO (2012)
low / 768p
261
 
medium / 768p
238
 
high / 768p
220
 
ultra / 1080p
148
 
Diablo III (2012)
low / 768p
245
 
medium / 768p
207
 
high / 768p
183
 
ultra / 1080p
116
 
Dishonored (2012)
low / 768p
126
 
medium / 768p
126
 
high / 768p
126
 
ultra / 1080p
93
 
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
high / 768p
90
 
ultra / 1080p
49
 

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 770M SLI, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

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