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AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition

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3.4
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How well can the Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition run games
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB 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. Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

This PC hardware performance game review for the Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition graphics card, when running 2020 more popular games, lets us see what type of FPS this card gets when playing at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions and ultra settings. This graphics hardware can run 103 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

A Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition card at 1080p is predicted to see a weak frame rate when running Cyberpunk 2077 on Ultra - 10 FPS. Lets look at the performance its getting on Death Stranding which is 29 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Microsoft Flight Simulator is predicted to perform on this hardware, which gets a playable 29 FPS.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we researched the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 to predict how the Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition would deal with it. Our research revealed a weak series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 19 FPS, Medium: 15 FPS, High: 10 FPS and Ultra: 7 FPS. Next we looked at Death Stranding which was weak with a 22 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Microsoft Flight Simulator that we predict will get an Ultra 1440p FPS of 22. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition we get the impression that it is going to need to lower its graphics settings to medium on modern games.

How many years will the Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition in your PC? There is around 6-12 months of top end gaming left in this card, at which point its graphics card replacement time, assuming the Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition is part of your PC gaming machine.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition? A great upgrade graphics card would be a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, which has 66% better performance and can run 853 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition then a good choice would be R-500 Series Radeon RX 580 8GB as this is better than 790 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 35% better performance as well.
FPS System Benchmark
52 FPS
High
The Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition is released on 05 Mar 2013

Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT2
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
147 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
37 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
1500 MHz
Memory Bus
384 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
288GB/sec
L2 Cache
768KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
0
DisplayPort Connection
4
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1070 MHz
Boost Clock
1150 MHz
Power
Max Power
300 Watts
PSU
550 Watt & 46 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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10
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Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
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
None.


Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
MSI’s 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.


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


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Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
33%
RAM
11GB
0%
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 18% 18%
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 73%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 2% 26%
Valorant 95% 88%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 22% 73%
Marvel's Avengers 22% 73%
Grand Theft Auto VI 18% 87%
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 42% 27%
Grounded 64% 5%
Death Stranding 24% 33%
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