Radeon_HD_7970_Lightning_Edition
AMD Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition

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How well can the Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition run games
28 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition GPU could struggle if it was to try and run the most demanding games available today, but it meets a lot of game system requirements found in today’s games. DirectX 11 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2019. In comparison to the game recommended requirements of the 1000 most demanding games played today this PC hardware can run 302.

First we looked at 1080p resolution for the Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition performance to explore what sort of benchmarks it would achieve on the popular title Microsoft Flight Simulator and predict it will deliver weak frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. We proceeded to look at Borderlands 3 to see how that compared and saw that it returned a weak 18 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We predict the Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition will run the upcoming game Microsoft Flight Simulator to a weak performance level. Predictions across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. Another game tested was Borderlands 3, L: 36FPS, M: 29FPS, H: 19FPS, U: 14FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on Halo: Reach, which returned L: 220FPS, M: 174FPS, H: 117FPS, U: 84FPS at 1440p. 1440p Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition PC gaming is a reasonable choice at this screen size. You can always tweak modern game graphics settings to help you get a better High graphics setting experience at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition? A suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition is the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, which is 93% more powerful and can run 896 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements. Alternatively we would suggest getting a RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB, as it can run 767 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 51% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
39 FPS
High
The Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition is released on 01 Feb 2012

Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
137 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
34 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2048
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Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.4
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
3072 MB
Memory Speed
1400 MHz
Memory Bus
384 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
268.8GB/sec
L2 Cache
768KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1070 MHz
Power
Max Power
230 Watts
PSU
650 Watt & 40 Amps
Power Connector
None
Recommended Hardware
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Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
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Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon HD 7970 Lightning 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 1070MHz and in the memory clock from 5500GHz to 5600GHz. A tweaked cooling system and other changes were also made.
Benchmarks indicate a 8% 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.


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Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
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Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 18% 44%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 22% 44%
Cyberpunk 2077 11% 97%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 73% 97%
Halo: Reach 80% 54%
Borderlands 3 7% 52%
FIFA 20 44% 24%
eFootball PES 2020 30% 2%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 94% 34%
Detroit: Become Human 34% 117%
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can i run it whit my 450 watt thermaltake 33a ??

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Keep in mind that running a 7970 on a 450w psu would throttle the power supply to its maximum 100%. This, in turn, would will lower the expectancy of the power supply. You CAN run it, but you should ABSOLUTELY avoid doing so. You'd be risking hardware damage in the process.

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mine or this ?

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yours is slightly better

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The 7970 is much superior than yours.

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is this card better then gtx770 lightning?

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It's about even in performance on a single monitor.
But on a price/performance scale,this wins.
Pozz iz Hrvatske :D

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ok thanks :), onda idemo na ovu 7970 lightning..POZDRAV HRVATSKOJ :)

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Everywhere i read bout this lightning cards or just in major ati/nvidia cards, everywhere ati/nvidia fan boys fighting which one is better, please grow up already ?!!!

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I don't see anyone fighting, and personally I don't support either Graphics card manufacturers, I just go with the one that suits my situation

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guys, is it faster than the Asus GTX 680 TOP? and faster than the best GTX 680 on the market? i'm so curious because AMD developed so much wi the new drivers (12.7 beta and so)

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But nothing faster than Gtx 690.

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GTX 690 is dual-chip card…it isn't fair to compare it with this one ;)

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GTX 690=2xGTX680
7970=GTX680
2x 7970=GTX 690
as simple as that
problem solved…

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what about the Titan

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Then compare it with GTX 685. GTX 685 is a single gpu but 21% better in performance then this card. Do you agree.

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The 685 doesn't exist yet.

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OK but you can not disagree that GTX 690 lightning edition is powerful then this card. And 685 will soon release I think.

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Of course but you can't compare them. The 690 is dual chip card, it is basically two 680. You would have to compare two of these to a 690 and two of these in CFX would be better.

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Sweet jesus, have mercy…

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Gimme a break my card eats this one for breakfast…. lol
What kind beast is this?

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It is a beast but a kid in front of GTX 690.

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hahahaha

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