Radeon_HD_7970
AMD Radeon HD 7970

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How well can the Radeon HD 7970 run games
14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The Radeon HD 7970 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.

How well will the Radeon HD 7970 run 2019 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. This card runs recommended graphics requirements of 265 games from the top 1000 most demanding games being played today.

First we looked at 1080p resolution for the Radeon HD 7970 performance to explore what sort of benchmarks it would achieve on the popular title Diablo 4 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 Planet Zoo to see how that compared and saw that it returned a weak 17 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

We move on to 1440p, and predict that Diablo 4 will deliver weak FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. Next we have Planet Zoo running on Radeon HD 7970 which gets L: 33FPS, M: 26FPS, H: 18FPS, U: 13FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Red Dead Redemption 2 gets L: 45FPS, M: 36FPS, H: 24FPS, U: 17FPS at 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon HD 7970 we get the impression that it is not a viable PC gaming choice.

How many years will the Radeon HD 7970 graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon HD 7970 in your PC? This Radeon HD 7970 card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon HD 7970? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB which is 108% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 899 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively if you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 53% better and can run 683 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
FPS System Benchmark
32 FPS
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The Radeon HD 7970 was released on 29 Dec 2011

Radeon HD 7970 Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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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
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Release Price
$549.00
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
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Radeon HD 7970 Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon HD 7970 is a High-End Graphics Card based on 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 275W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.


Performance
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.


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Radeon HD 7970 vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 71% 113%
Red Dead Redemption 2 12% 55%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16% 55%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4% 113%
Cyberpunk 2077 4% 113%
Halo: Reach 78% 51%
Borderlands 3 0% 64%
Death Stranding 4% 113%
Need For Speed Heat 13% 55%
FIFA 20 40% 17%
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is this thing still relevant in 2018 (and possibly onwards)?

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i have an OCed 7950, at 1025/1375MHz(the OC that i use for gaming) it matches stock 7970(even surpass) on most benchmarks and games, i wonder what a OCed 7970 can do…

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my gpu 7% better

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Well, than no. Not only that now the HD 7970 is about 10% faster than the 680 in modern DX11 games, but also in DX12 and Vulkan it is way superior than the 680 :) that's why I won't ever buy nVidia..they just stop supporting their old cards

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bought 2 xfx r7970 for 150 euro's is this a good deal ? and will these cards still perform good in 2016 ?

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150 euros each or together? I would have payed that for a pair definitely. I payed 170 for a gtx 780 sc this year and I'm only better off because of my overclock. I'm impressed you found them so cheap if they were 150 for the pair

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indeed you can get great deals but the thing is refernce design runs abit hoter then third party so you must to have good airflow in case

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the thing is, the reference design leaves the cards hotter, but aftermarket coolers can put more heat on mobo components. I'd rather have the reference design with some fans blowing in at them, and if nothing else use better thermal paste

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Definitely getting this gpu, kills the gtx 780, isnt as good as a 980 but still performs amazingly today.

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gets killed by the gtx 780…

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Nope. In modern DX11 games the HD 7970 is about the performance of the 780 probably a bit faster and at DX12 and Vulkan the 7970 murders the 780…he gets to the level of the 780 Ti and 970.

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i cancelled my plan to buy gtx 590


i am going to buy hd 7970

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its better deal also one stronge gpu was always better solution… also keep in mind your cpu is kind weak so mostlikelly you will get bottleneck in new games..also youre going to need 8gb of ram for optimal performance

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thanks friend. i will keep in mind

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Sorry for the late replay, but that cpu can still handle all the games at ultra/high settings :) sandy bridge is one hell of a chip hope that helps.

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that time he had some other cpu not i7 2600

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thanks friends


that time I had core 2 quad q6600 2.4ghz

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Hi guys, would this bottleneck with i3 4170?
Thanks!

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Maybe in cpu intensive games if you wanna play them on ultra. For med/high your good to go buddy :D

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yes in cpu intensive games like wicher 3

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Great card

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2017
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Is anyone heve problem with overheating main jump to 75-80 when playing. Is this normal for this card?


My PSU is http://www.game-debate.com/psu/index.php?ps_id=266&psu=Inter-Tech%20SL-700%20700W

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Will my CPU bottle neck this card?

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Yes.
A lot.

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