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AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition

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

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

What FPS performance can the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition get on latest AAA 2019 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. In terms of performance against the most demanding games today this graphics card can play 334 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition can run Death Stranding at 1080p and predict it will return weak frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that FIFA 20 returns a strong 106 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we researched the upcoming Death Stranding to predict how the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition would deal with it. Our research revealed a weak series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. Next we looked at FIFA 20 which was strong with a 81 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 22. Gaming at 1440p with the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is a suitable graphics card for this larger screen res. In some cases we might expect some graphics option tweaks down from Ultra to High to help improve FPS stability when gaming at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon HD 7970 GHz 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 GHz Edition? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition then a good choice would be 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB as this is better than 897 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 88% better performance as well. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB, which is 41% more powerful and can run 685 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
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The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition was released on 22 Jun 2012

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Architecture
GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT2
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
134 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
34 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2048
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Release Price
$499.00
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
1500 MHz
Memory Bus
384 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
288GB/sec
L2 Cache
768KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1000 MHz
Boost Clock
1050 MHz
Power
Max Power
250 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
2x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
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8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
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Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is a High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.


Architecture
The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.


GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Tahiti XT2 which has 32 Compute Units activated and thus offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 1000MHz and goes up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode.


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 1500MHz.


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 7970 GHz Edition competes with GeForce GTX 680 and is essentially a Higher Clocked Radeon HD 7970 with the addition of The Boost Clock.
It proves to be faster than GeForce GTX 680 at resolutions up to 1920x1080 but takes further lead beyond that.


System Suggestions
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Very Strong Processor (Intel Core i7 Quad Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.


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Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
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Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 19% 43%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 23% 43%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 73% 96%
Death Stranding 12% 96%
Cyberpunk 2077 12% 96%
Need For Speed Heat 20% 43%
Planet Zoo 24% 53%
Diablo 4 3% 96%
FIFA 20 45% 24%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 12% 96%
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is this better than GTX 950M 4GB version?

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by far yes.

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I am looking to get this for the price of GTX760..worth it?

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I would say yes.

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Found the TDP of the AMD 7970GHZ. It's 250w
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-edition-review-benchmark,3232.html

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They have listed it wrong inform Pip he will correct it..:D

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"As of 2013, it's still one of the fastest but GeForce GTX 780 & GeForce GTX TITAN offer superior performance. "
Oh now I see why they jacked up the watts of this card. Also you can get this card new for like $300 where the 780 is still 600+ and don't me started on the $1000 Titan.

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Who is changing the watts of the AMD GPU's are you doing it on purpose.
My 7970ghz is max 230watts

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You have a standard HD7970 not the Ghz edition, that's why.

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It might not say Ghz or GE (Gigahertz Edition) but it's 1010mhz stock so it's a Ghz edition.
All I was saying is about a week ago it said 230w the 280x said 190w now there both a lot different. I know this don't use 300w stock or I wouldn't of bought one also the XT and XT2 both use less power to get the same clocks vs the originally 7970 non ghz.

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								Your is OC version of 7970 so its not stock, stock is when no oced is done on the card. So your is a standard edition with core clock oced to 1010MHz, also the standard 7970 is based on Tahiti XT and it draws less power, the GHz Edition is based on XT2 but the power is bit higher then the standard. Either way check max power consumption of 7970GHz on some tech sites like Tom'sHardware or Anadtech.	
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I said it came at 1010mhz stock which makes it over a Ghz. Also this site says the Tahiti XT comes with a voltage of 1.175v. Thats what my xfx dd 7970 came with that was voltage locked so I sent it back. This MSI came with a voltage of 1.100v. I believe it's something like this the first 7970 when they first came out where Tahiti's voltage of 1.175v and up to get 925mhz and above then as they kept making them less voltage leaks an so on, Tahiti XT voltage of 1.100v then as they got even better Tahiti XT2 voltage of 1.020v.
http://www.techpowerup.com/167711/amd-radeon-hd-7970-ghz-edition-tahiti-xt2-detailed.html
http://www.game-debate.com/hardware/index.php?gid=1686&graphics=Radeon%20HD%207970%20MSI%20OC%20Edition
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I am not talking about your 20% OCing I am talking about MSI OCing done on the card, hence MSI OC Edition which they OC to 1010MHz.

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I wasn't talking about my OC either.
1000mhz=1ghz so no matter which way you slice it it's a ghz and it uses 230w. Once you go from 925mhz to 1000mhz and your memory from 1375mhz to 1500mhz the watts go up to 250w. Which is all they did to make a ghz edition of the 7970.

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Would my CPU bottleneck this?

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No you should be fine.

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this card is beast…

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I still don't get why GD says mine's better, I overclocked it but this still has some fac tors that are meant to make it better.

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If I OC a normal 7970 to clocks of these, Core and Memory will be same or more than this. Will the performance be the same?

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I OC'ed mine to 1125mhz CORE and 1500 mhz VRAM and GD says it's 10% better than this.

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any different if i upgrade to this?

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not worth it, wait for 8970, if you wanna OC

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lol, 8970 is OEM only

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Says mine with my OC is 34% better then that 660 you have in your rig, and as long as the voltage is unlocked they get too 1200mhz pretty easy.

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