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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7970 GeForce GTX 690
Cyberpunk 2077 64% 5%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 50% 4%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 45% 7%
FIFA 21 17% 47%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 45% 7%
Watch Dogs Legion 58% 1%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 135% 50%
Grand Theft Auto VI 130% 47%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 55% 1%
Genshin Impact 64% 5%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7970.

The Radeon HD 7970 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 690, but the GeForce GTX 690 has 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 7970. As a result, the GeForce GTX 690 exhibits a 115.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon 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 Radeon HD 7970 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 690, but the GeForce GTX 690 has 32 more Render Output Units than the Radeon HD 7970. As a result, the GeForce GTX 690 exhibits a 29 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon HD 7970. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GTX 690 was released less than a year after the Radeon HD 7970, 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 GeForce GTX 690 has 1024 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 7970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce GTX 690 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GTX 690 has 120 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 7970, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 690 is massively better than the Radeon HD 7970.

The Radeon HD 7970 has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 690 has 3072. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 7970 is 1610 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 690 is 3130. The GeForce GTX 690 having 1520 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 690 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 7970.

The Radeon HD 7970 requires 250 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 690 requires 300 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the Radeon HD 7970 and a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the GeForce GTX 690. The GeForce GTX 690 requires 50 Watts more than the Radeon HD 7970 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 690 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon HD 7970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed925 MHzvs915 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1019 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Tahiti XTKepler GK104-355-A2
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date29 Dec 2011vs03 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1375 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth264GB/secvs384GB/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 Units2048vs3072
Actual Shader Performance77%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units128vs256
Texture Rate118.4 GTexel/svs234.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs58.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs3
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs1

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs300 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs650 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 i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 7970 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off.
GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Tahiti XT which has 32 Compute Units activated and thus offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 925MHz.

The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 1375MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 275W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

Radeon HD 7950 used to compete with GeForce GTX 680 but its performance was even behind the lower positioned GeForce GTX 670 and was later replaced by a faster Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 7970 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
GeForce GTX 690 is a dual-GPU graphics card solution of two GeForce GTX 680 (not SLI) and part of the 600 Series released by NVIDIA in 2012.
As usual and a hindrance of dual-GPU graphics cards, the clock frequencies had to be reduced. However, NVIDIA managed to almost double-cross this problem by developing Turbo Boost technology that sets the GPU's core clock from 915 to 1019MHz. The other specs, such as the number of cores, memory speed, and memory bandwidth per GPU are the same on both cards.
The Performance is mind-blowing and indicated for gamers that use demanding technologies, such as Tesselation, paired with extreme resolutions and on games already Very Demanding from the start, such as Metro 2033 and The Witcher 2. GeForce GTX 690 is less expensive and energy consuming than GTX 680 put in Dual SLI.
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