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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP Edition GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 56% 163%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 43% 140%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 38% 133%
FIFA 21 21% 33%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 133%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 124% 277%
Watch Dogs Legion 50% 153%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 48% 149%
Grand Theft Auto VI 119% 270%
Genshin Impact 56% 163%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition .

The HD 7970 has a 268 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 560 Ti. This results in the HD 7970 providing 81.2 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 HD 7970 has a 268 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 560 Ti and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 7970 providing 8.6 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 HD 7970 was released less than a year after the GTX 560 Ti, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The HD 7970 has 1792 MB more video memory than the GTX 560 Ti, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 7970 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 7970 has 147.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 560 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7970 is massively better than the GTX 560 Ti.

The Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition has 448. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7970 is 1741 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 Ti is 656. The HD 7970 having 1085 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 7970 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 560 Ti.

The HD 7970 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 560 Ti. This means that the HD 7970 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 560 Ti.

The Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP Edition requires 300 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition requires 210 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 560 Ti, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the HD 7970. The HD 7970 requires 90 Watts more than the GTX 560 Ti to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7970 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 560 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs732 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Tahiti XTFermi GF110-270-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date01 Feb 2012vs29 Nov 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs1280 MB
Memory Speed1400 MHzvs950 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth268.8GB/secvs121.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 640 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs448
Actual Shader Performance84%vs32%
Texture Mapping Units128vs64
Texture Rate128 GTexel/svs46.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate32 GPixel/svs23.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections3vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power300 Wattsvs210 Watts
Recommended PSU-550 Watts & 38 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP Edition is a special edition of the Radeon HD 7970 release by AMD. See its page for more information.
Changes include a boost in the core-clock from 925MHz to 1000MHz and in the memory clock from 5500GHz to 5600MHz. A new cooling system, called DirectCU II that is 20% cooler and 14dB quieter with exclusive DirectCU II thermal solution, according to Asus is also available.
Benchmarks indicate a 4,5% performance boost when compared to the standard Radeon HD 7970.
Therefore, all games, including very demanding ones, should be fully playable at max settings and with very attractive resolutions.
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition is a high-end Graphics Card based on the 270-A1 variant of the 40nm GF110 GPU of the Fermi architecture.
The 270-A1 variant of the GF110 Core comes with 14 SMx activated and thus offers 448 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 320-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5.
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition has its central unit clocked at 732MHz and its memory clock operates at 950MHz - same as GeForce GTX 570.
Compared to the regular GeForce GTX 560 Ti, the rated board TDP is around 40W higher but its performance surpasses it largely, while some factory overclocked versions surpass GeForce GTX 570.
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