AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
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  • Core clock speed 850
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4800
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2012
Performance 29.24

Summary

AMD started Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire sales 1 May 2012. This is GCN architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers.

Power consumption is at 200 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at

29.24%

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

General info

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

Place in performance rating166
Value for money34.54
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameNeptune CF
Market segmentLaptop
Release date1 May 2012 (10 years ago)
Price now$170 of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

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

Pipelines / CUDA cores2560of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed850 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed900 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)200 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire'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

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire: 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
Memory bus width2x 256 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed4800 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Shared memory-

API support

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

DirectX11.1

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire. 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 Crossfire 29.24
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0

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%

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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%

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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%

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3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

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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 Crossfire 10354

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

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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%

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Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire 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 HD70

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 27−30

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27−30
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 27−30
Battlefield 5 27−30
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 27−30
Forza Horizon 4 27−30
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 27−30
Red Dead Redemption 2 27−30
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 27−30
Watch Dogs: Legion 27−30

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27−30
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 27−30
Battlefield 5 27−30
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 27−30
Forza Horizon 4 27−30
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 27−30
Metro Exodus 27−30
Red Dead Redemption 2 27−30
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 27−30
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 27−30
Watch Dogs: Legion 27−30

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27−30
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 27−30
Battlefield 5 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 27−30
Forza Horizon 4 27−30
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 27−30
Watch Dogs: Legion 27−30

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 27−30
Metro Exodus 27−30
Red Dead Redemption 2 27−30
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 27−30

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27−30
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 27−30
Battlefield 5 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 27−30
Forza Horizon 4 27−30
Watch Dogs: Legion 27−30

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 27−30
Metro Exodus 27−30
Red Dead Redemption 2 27−30
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 27−30
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 27−30

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27−30
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 27−30
Battlefield 5 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 27−30
Forza Horizon 4 27−30
Watch Dogs: Legion 27−30

Relative perfomance

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


NVIDIA equivalent

The nearest Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, which is faster by 2% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

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