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AMD Radeon HD 8970 (OEM)

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How well can the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) run games
20 Feb 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Getting one of these Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) graphics cards allows the gamer to run indie system requirements and some less demanding AAA titles. In today’s PC hardware terms these are considered middle range for gaming performance. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.

How many years will the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) in your PC? Its upgrade time for the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM), assuming you are a modern day gamer.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM)? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which meets 800 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 107% better performance. Alternatively a good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX 580 8GB which meets 716 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 69% better performance.
FPS System Benchmark
31 FPS
High
The Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) was released on 08 Jan 2013

Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon HD 8970 (OEM)
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
118 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
30 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2048
Driver Support
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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
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
925 MHz
Power
Max Power
250 Watts
PSU
600 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
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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Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) is an OEM only, High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.


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.


GPU
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.


Memory
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 250W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.


Performance
Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) is a Direct Rebrand of Radeon HD 7970 and performs exactly like it.


System Suggestions
Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) 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.


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Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
91%
RAM
13GB
0%
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 28% 66%
Valheim 16% 66%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3% 52%
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 15% 47%
Outriders 41% 60%
Far Cry 6 47% 140%
Little Nightmares 2 39% 24%
Hitman 3 28% 116%
Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) Extras
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