RX 580 Mobile vs HD 8970M Crossfire

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
3.18
 
7.12
Architecture
Polaris
 
GCN
GPU code name
Polaris
 
Neptune CF
Market segment
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
18 April 2017 (4 years ago)
 
1 May 2012 (9 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$301.69
 
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Price now
$410 (1.4x MSRP)
 
$170

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
2304
 
2560
Core clock speed
1077 MHz
 
850 MHz
Boost clock speed
1077 MHz
 
900 MHz
Number of transistors
5,700 million
 
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Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
100 Watt
 
200 Watt
Texture fill rate
155.1
 
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Floating-point performance
4,963 gflops
 
no data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 580 Mobile and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire 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
 
large
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
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Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
8 GB
 
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Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed
8000 MHz
 
4800 MHz
Memory bandwidth
256.0 GB/s
 
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Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
No outputs
 
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API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (12_0)
 
DirectX 11.1, Shader 5.0
Shader Model
6.4
 
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OpenGL
4.6
 
no data
OpenCL
2.0
 
no data
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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.

RX 580 Mobile 33.88 +7.7%
HD 8970M Crossfire 31.47

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.

RX 580 Mobile 69325
HD 8970M Crossfire 70114 +1.1%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RX 580 Mobile 9754 +19.8%
HD 8970M Crossfire 8145

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.

RX 580 Mobile 11261 +8.8%
HD 8970M Crossfire 10354

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.

RX 580 Mobile 15223 +22.5%
HD 8970M Crossfire 12424

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.

RX 580 Mobile 290090 +7.5%
HD 8970M Crossfire 269832

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

RX 580 Mobile satisfies 99% minimum and 94% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
99%
Recommended
94%
Minimum
99%
Recommended
94%

HD 8970M Crossfire satisfies 98% minimum and 92% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
98%
Recommended
92%
Minimum
98%
Recommended
92%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

 
RX 580 Mobile
HD 8970M Crossfire
1080p
 
79 +12.9%
70 −12.9%
4K
 
31
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Competitors of Radeon RX 580 Mobile from NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX 580 Mobile from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, which is slower by 3% and lower by 6 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon RX 580 Mobile:

Competitors of Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire from NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire from NVIDIA is GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire:

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 580 Mobile

7.7% higher performance in benchmarks

Much newer (18 April 2017 vs 1 May 2012)

Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)

Lower power consumption (100W vs 200W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire

Cheaper ($170 vs $410)

More pipelines (2560 vs 2304)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon RX 580 Mobile and AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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