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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition FirePro S9150
Cyberpunk 2077 33% 62%
Hitman 3 73% 111%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 22% 48%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 18% 44%
FIFA 21 33% 18%
Grand Theft Auto VI 87% 128%
Far Cry 6 92% 135%
Genshin Impact 33% 62%
Battlefield 6 73% 111%
Resident Evil 8 33% 62%

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 AMD FirePro S9150.

The HD 7970 has a 170 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 21.4 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 170 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 23.4 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 13312 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 Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the FirePro S9150 has 2816. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 7970 is 2002 and the actual shader performance of the FirePro S9150 is 2534. 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 slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 7970.

The Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition requires 300 Watts to run and the FirePro S9150 requires 235 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the HD 7970. The HD 7970 requires 65 Watts more than the FirePro S9150 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 FirePro S9150.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1070 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock1150 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Tahiti XT2GCN 2.0 Hawaii XT GL
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Good vs -
Release Date05 Mar 2013vs01 Aug 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs16384 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth288GB/secvs320GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs2816
Actual Shader Performance96%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units128vs176
Texture Rate137 GTexel/svs158.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate34.2 GPixel/svs57.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections4vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power300 Wattsvs235 Watts
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 46 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Xeon E7-8890 v2
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs5760x1600

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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

Frame Buffer

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.

Benchmarks Indicate a 6% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.
FirePro 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.
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