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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 8970M GeForce GTX 670M
Horizon: Zero Dawn 128% 316%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 113% 288%
Cyberpunk 2077 213% 471%
Marvel's Avengers 213% 471%
Fast & Furious Crossroads 309% 646%
Valorant 78% 59%
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 32% 141%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 213% 471%
Grand Theft Auto VI 238% 517%
Grounded 89% 246%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 8970M are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M.

The Radeon HD 8970M has a 252 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 670M. This results in the Radeon HD 8970M providing 34.5 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon HD 8970M has a 252 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 670M. This results in the Radeon HD 8970M providing 12.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon HD 8970M was released over a year more recently than the GeForce GTX 670M, and so the Radeon HD 8970M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GeForce GTX 670M.

The Radeon HD 8970M has 512 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 670M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon HD 8970M also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon HD 8970M has 81.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 670M, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon HD 8970M is much better than the GeForce GTX 670M.

The Radeon HD 8970M has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 670M has 336. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 8970M is 979 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 670M is 402. The Radeon HD 8970M having 577 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD 8970M delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 670M.

The Radeon HD 8970M transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 670M. This means that the Radeon HD 8970M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 670M.

The Radeon HD 8970M requires 100 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 670M requires 75 Watts. The Radeon HD 8970M requires 25 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 670M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon HD 8970M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce GTX 670M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs598 MHz
Boost Clock900 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Neptune XTFermi GF114
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date14 May 2013vs22 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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8.6
1600x900
8.8
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6.6
1920x1080
6.9
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5.1
2560x1440
5.1
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3.1
3840x2160
3.5
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1536 MB
Memory Speed1200 MHzvs750 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth153.6GB/secvs72GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs336
Actual Shader Performance47%vs19%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs56
Texture Rate68 GTexel/svs33.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs24
Pixel Rate27.2 GPixel/svs14.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power100 Wattsvs75 Watts
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GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-3820QM 4-Core 2.7GHzvsIntel Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 8970M is a High-End Mobile Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the GCN Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN 1.1 Release adds support for AMD's TrueAudio Technology which does calculations of audio effects "better" than the CPU and further improves the Powertune Technology.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed Neptune XT which has 20 Compute Units activated and thus offers 1280 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Operates at 850MHz and goes up to 900MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The memory clock operates at 1200MHz.

Features
DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Crossfire, PowerTune Technology, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, HD3D, ZeroCore Power and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 100W, it is suited for very large laptops.

Performance
Radeon HD 8970M is essentially a fast Radeon HD 7970M.
Gaming benchmarks put its performance slightly above NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680M.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Powerful Processor (Intel Core i7 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon HD 8970M.
Overview
GeForce GTX 670M is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Fermi Architecture.

Architecture
The Fermi Architecture was first manufactured with a 40nm technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed GF114 which has 7 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 336 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 24 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 598MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 1.5GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 750MHz.

Features
DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, Optimus, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 75W, it is suited for large laptops.

Performance
GeForce GTX 670M is essentially a fast GeForce GTX 570M.
Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above a desktop GeForce GTX 550 Ti.

System Suggestions
We recommend a decent processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 670M.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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