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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game FirePro S9150 Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 62% 42%
Hitman 3 111% 85%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 48% 30%
Resident Evil 8 62% 42%
FIFA 21 18% 28%
Grand Theft Auto VI 128% 100%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 44% 26%
Genshin Impact 62% 42%
The Medium 103% 77%
Far Cry 6 135% 106%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition are very slightly better than the AMD FirePro S9150.

The HD 7970 has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the FirePro S9150, but the FirePro S9150 has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7970. As a result, the FirePro S9150 exhibits a 17.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 7970. 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 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the FirePro S9150, but the FirePro S9150 has 32 more Render Output Units than the HD 7970. As a result, the FirePro S9150 exhibits a 22.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 7970. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The FirePro S9150 was released over a year more recently than the HD 7970, and so the FirePro S9150 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 7970.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The FirePro S9150 has 10240 MB more video memory than the HD 7970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the FirePro S9150 also has superior memory performance overall.

The FirePro S9150 has 32 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7970, which means that the memory performance of the FirePro S9150 is noticeably better than the HD 7970.

The FirePro S9150 has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the FirePro S9150 is 2534 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7970 is 2002. The FirePro S9150 having 532 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the FirePro S9150 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 7970.

The FirePro S9150 requires 235 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition requires 265 Watts. The HD 7970 requires 30 Watts more than the FirePro S9150 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the HD 7970 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the FirePro S9150.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs1100 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1150 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 2.0 Hawaii XT GLGCN 1.0 Tahiti XT2
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Good
Release Date01 Aug 2014vs01 Aug 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
10
1600x900 - vs green tick
10
1920x1080 - vs green tick
8.9
2560x1440 - vs green tick
6.8
3840x2160 - vs green tick
5.2

GPU Memory

Memory16384 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth320GB/secvs288GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs96%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units176vs128
Texture Rate158.4 GTexel/svs140.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate57.6 GPixel/svs35.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power235 Wattsvs265 Watts
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GPU Features

DirectX11.2vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.2vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Xeon E7-8890 v2vsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution5760x1600vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewFirePro S9150 is a server GPU based on the 28nm GCN architecture.

It's based on the Hawaii XT Core (same used on Radeon R9 290X) and therefore offers 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs on a 512-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked 900MHz while the memory clock operates at 1250MHZ.

Compared to Radeon R9 290X, its central unit is slightly lower and overall its gaming performance is lower than Radeon R9 290X because the latter benefits from certified gaming drivers which unlock the GCN's architecture potential while FirePro S9150 is made for professional applications. Therefore, expect its performance to be between 10% and 15% worse than Radeon R9 290X.
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition is a special edition of Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.
It comes with 2 modes: a default core-clock of 1050MHz that goes up to 1100MHz in Turbo or a default core-clock of 1100MHz that goes up to 1200MHz. It also features a new cooling system with 2 huge fans. The memory clock will also be raised to 1600MHz, if using the highest option (lethal Turbo mode).
Using the lethal turbo mode, the performance boost is around 6% than reference Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.
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