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 18.14 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000.

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
 
Core clock speed
850 MHz
 
of 1620 (Quadro RTX 5000)
Boost Clock
900 MHz
 
of 1815 (Quadro RTX 5000)
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
 
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

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
 
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 (11_1)
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
of 4.6

Video card benchmark 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

18.14

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

Let's see how good Radeon HD 8970M is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.
Fortnite

Fortnite

2018
Fortnite

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 660
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce GTX 960
recommended GeForce GTX 1060
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
Overwatch

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum Radeon HD 4850
recommended Radeon HD 7950

FPS tests

Real world test results of Overwatch on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 720p
172
 
medium / 768p
127
 
high / 1080p
116
 
ultra / 1080p
54
 
GTA V

GTA V

2015
GTA V

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce 9800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of GTA V on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 768p
138
 
medium / 768p
128
 
high / 1080p
55
 
ultra / 1080p
23
 
Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

2015
Rainbow Six Siege

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce GTX 460
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Rainbow Six Siege on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 768p
213
 
medium / 768p
140
 
high / 1080p
81
 
ultra / 1080p
65
 
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce 6800
recommended GeForce 8800 GT
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
Dota 2

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce 8600 GT
Counter-Strike: GO

Counter-Strike: GO

2012
Counter-Strike: GO

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

HD 8970M
recommended GeForce 6600

FPS tests

Real world test results of Counter-Strike: GO on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 768p
261
 
medium / 768p
238
 
high / 768p
220
 
ultra / 1080p
148
 
League of Legends

League of Legends

2009
League of Legends

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce 6150
recommended GeForce 8800 GT
Minecraft

Minecraft

2009
Minecraft

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum Radeon HD 2400
recommended Radeon HD 5870

Battlefield 1 (BF1)

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Battlefield 1 (BF1) official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum Radeon HD 7850
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 1 (BF1) on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 720p
149
 
medium / 768p
100
 
high / 1080p
53
 
ultra / 1080p
50
 

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Deus Ex Mankind Divided official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Deus Ex Mankind Divided on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 720p
62
 
medium / 768p
48
 
high / 1080p
28
 
ultra / 1080p
17
 

Doom

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Doom official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum Radeon HD 7870
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Doom on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 720p
75
 
medium / 768p
69
 
high / 1080p
42
 
ultra / 1080p
41
 

Far Cry Primal

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Far Cry Primal official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum Radeon HD 5770
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Far Cry Primal on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 720p
101
 
medium / 1080p
50
 
high / 1080p
44
 
ultra / 1080p
35
 

Rise of the Tomb Raider

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Rise of the Tomb Raider official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce GTX 650
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 768p
85
 
medium / 768p
54
 
high / 1080p
32
 
ultra / 1080p
23
 

The Division

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to The Division official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum Radeon HD 7770
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Division on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 720p
83
 
medium / 768p
54
 
high / 1080p
30
 
ultra / 1080p
25
 

Titanfall 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Titanfall 2 official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum Radeon HD 7850
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Titanfall 2 on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 720p
144
 
medium / 768p
139
 
high / 1080p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
54
 

Watch Dogs 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Watch Dogs 2 official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Watch Dogs 2 on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 720p
74
 
medium / 768p
64
 
high / 1080p
33
 
ultra / 1080p
21
 

XCOM 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to XCOM 2 official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum Radeon HD 5770
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Real world test results of XCOM 2 on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 720p
89
 
medium / 1080p
40
 
high / 1080p
26
 
ultra / 1080p
25
 

Fallout 4

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Fallout 4 official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce GTX 550 Ti
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Fallout 4 on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 720p
97
 
medium / 768p
67
 
high / 1080p
39
 
ultra / 1080p
31
 

Just Cause 3

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Just Cause 3 official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum Radeon HD 7870
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Just Cause 3 on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 768p
82
 
medium / 768p
68
 
high / 1080p
41
 
ultra / 1080p
37
 

Star Wars Battlefront

2015

FPS tests

Real world test results of Star Wars Battlefront on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 768p
87
 
medium / 768p
71
 
high / 1080p
56
 
ultra / 1080p
48
 

The Witcher 3

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to The Witcher 3 official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended GeForce GTX 770

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Witcher 3 on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 768p
82
 
medium / 768p
54
 
high / 1080p
31
 
ultra / 1080p
18
 

World of Warships

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to World of Warships official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 550 Ti

FPS tests

Real world test results of World of Warships on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 768p
167
 
medium / 768p
145
 
high / 1080p
102
 
ultra / 1080p
78
 

Sims 4

2014

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Sims 4 official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce 6600

FPS tests

Real world test results of Sims 4 on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 768p
183
 
medium / 768p
139
 
high / 1080p
102
 
ultra / 1080p
87
 

Battlefield 4

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Battlefield 4 official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 4 on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 768p
124
 
medium / 768p
104
 
high / 768p
83
 
ultra / 1080p
43
 

Crysis 3

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Crysis 3 official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce GTS 450
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Crysis 3 on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 768p
117
 
medium / 768p
78
 
high / 768p
44
 
ultra / 1080p
22
 

Tomb Raider

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Tomb Raider official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Tomb Raider on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 768p
311
 
medium / 768p
188
 
high / 768p
133
 
ultra / 1080p
58
 

Diablo III

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Diablo III official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce 7800 GT
recommended Radeon HD 4870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Diablo III on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 768p
245
 
medium / 768p
207
 
high / 768p
183
 
ultra / 1080p
116
 

Dishonored

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Dishonored official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum Radeon HD 5850
recommended Radeon HD 5850

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dishonored on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 768p
126
 
medium / 768p
126
 
high / 768p
126
 
ultra / 1080p
93
 

Mass Effect 3

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to Mass Effect 3 official system requirements.

HD 8970M
minimum GeForce 7900 GT
recommended GeForce 9800 GT

FPS tests

Real world test results of Mass Effect 3 on Radeon HD 8970M.

low / 720p
60
 
high / 768p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
60
 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

2011

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 8970M performance compared to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim official system requirements.

HD 8970M
recommended GeForce GTX 260

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Radeon HD 8970M.

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 780M, which is faster by 3% and higher by 4 positions in our rating.

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