Radeon_HD_7970_PowerColor_OC_Edition
AMD Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC Edition

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

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC 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 PowerColor OC 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. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 273 games in todays list.

The Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC Edition graphics card is returning a playable performance on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at 1080p of 25 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Borderlands 3 which we saw got weak frame rates of 14 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order, which was getting 0 FPS under tests.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We discovered the Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC Edition ran Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to a weak performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 49 FPS, Medium: 39 FPS, High: 26 FPS and Ultra: 19 FPS. Another game tested was Borderlands 3, L: 28FPS, M: 22FPS, H: 15FPS, U: 11FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order, which returned L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS at 1440p. Gaming at 1440p with the Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC Edition is not the best choice to run modern games.

How many years will the Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC 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 PowerColor OC Edition? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC Edition would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB which meets 899 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 102% better performance. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC Edition then a good choice would be RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB as this is better than 672 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 48% better performance as well.
FPS System Benchmark
34 FPS
High
The Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC Edition is released on 01 Feb 2012

Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
122 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
31 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2048
Driver Support
golden star golden star golden star golden star empty star
Release Price
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
1375 MHz
Memory Bus
384 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
264GB/sec
L2 Cache
768KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
955 MHz
Power
Max Power
None
PSU
500 Watt
Power Connector
None
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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6.3
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Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC Edition is a special Edition of the Radeon HD 7970. See the page of the standard edition for more information.
It features overclocking out of the box in the core-clock which went from 925MHz to 955MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 1.5% performance boost when compared to the standard Radeon HD 7970.


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Radeon HD 7970 PowerColor OC Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
53%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Halo: Reach 79% 52%
Red Dead Redemption 2 14% 51%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18% 51%
Borderlands 3 3% 59%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 72% 107%
Cyberpunk 2077 7% 107%
FIFA 20 42% 20%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 56% 73%
eFootball PES 2020 27% 3%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 94% 31%
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