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 20.14 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile.

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
 
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
 
of 7
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
4.6
 

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

20.14

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

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.

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 1050 Max-Q, which is faster by 3% and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

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