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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II OC Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 26% 58%
Halo: Reach 60% 50%
Cyberpunk 2077 73% 117%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 26% 58%
Doom Eternal 8% 36%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 73% 117%
Grand Theft Auto VI 92% 142%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 22% 2%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 73% 117%
Need For Speed Heat 26% 58%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II OC Edition.

The HD 7970 has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 670. This results in the HD 7970 providing 27.2 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 90 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 670 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 7970 providing 2.8 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 HD 7970 was released less than a year after the GTX 670, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

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 HD 7970 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 670, 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 95.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 670, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7970 is massively better than the GTX 670.

The Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II OC Edition has 1344. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7970 is 2002 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 670 is 1422. The HD 7970 having 580 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 670.

The Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition requires 300 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II OC Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the HD 7970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1070 MHzvs980 MHz
Boost Clock1150 MHzvs1058 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Tahiti XT2Kepler GK104-325-A2
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date05 Mar 2013vs01 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
8.9
green tick vs
8.3
2560x1440
6.8
green tick vs
6
3840x2160
5.2
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4.4

GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth288GB/secvs192.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1344
Actual Shader Performance96%vs68%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs112
Texture Rate137 GTexel/svs109.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate34.2 GPixel/svs31.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections4vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power300 Watts-
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 46 Amps-

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's High-End Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1070MHz, instead of 1000MHz, while the Boost Achieves 1150MHz, instead of 1050MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
MSIís Twin Frozr V Thermal Designs are equipped with Zero Frozr technology which was first introduced by MSI back in 2008. Zero Frozr technology eliminates fan noise in low-load situations by stopping the fans when they are not needed. Compared to other graphics cards, there is no continuous hum of airflow to tell you there's a powerful graphics card in your gaming rig.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 6% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.
GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II OC Edition is a Special Edition of the powerful GeForce GTX 670. See the standard version for more information about it.
The new features include an increase in the core-clock that went from 915MHz to 980MHz while the Turbo Boost is now of 1058MHz. A 20% more effective cooler is also included.
The performance boost is significant and around 5% when compared to the standard GTX 670.
Most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
GPU Variants
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