HD 7970 with Core i7-2600K benchmarks at Ultra Quality quality settings

At 1440p, HD 7970 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is worth noting that the HD 7970 is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. This combination between HD 7970 and Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.40GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between HD 7970 and Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.40GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 3072 MB RAM, the HD 7970 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

AMD Radeon HD 7970
Price $ 320 3/5 Good
Year 2011 1/5 Weak
Series HD 7970
Maximum Recorded Temperature 80C 2/5 Acceptable
Max Fan Noise 59dB 1/5 Weak
Recommended Power Supply 600W 2/5 Acceptable
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.40GHz ($197.99)
CPU Impact on FPS + 0 FPS 5/5 Excellent
CPU Impact on FPS % 0%
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 64 FPS 5/5 Excellent
Average 1440p Performance 49 FPS 3/5 Good
Average 4K Performance 30 FPS 1/5 Weak
Memory 3 GB 3/5 Good
Overall Combination Score 62/100 Very Good
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Game Performance at Ultra Quality settings

Resolution 1920x1080

Resolution 2560x1440

Resolution 3840x2160

Year Game Frames Per Second
14 FPS
29 FPS
35 FPS
37 FPS
29 FPS
35 FPS

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HD 7970 Specifications

Board Design

Board NumberC380
Length10.8 inches 274 mm
Outputs1x DVI1x HDMI2x mini-DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slot
TDP250 W

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock925 MHz
Memory Clock1375 MHz 5500 MHz effective

Graphics Card

Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationSouthern Islands (HD 7900)
Launch Price549 USD
Release DateDec 22nd, 2011

Graphics Features

DirectX12.0 (11_1)
Shader Model5.1

Graphics Processor

ArchitectureGCN 1.0
Die Size352 mm²
GPU NameTahiti
GPU VariantTahiti XT (215-0821060)
Process Size28 nm
Transistors4,313 million


Bandwidth264.0 GB/s
Memory Bus384 bit
Memory Size3072 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5

Render Config

Compute Units32
Shading Units2048

Theoretical Performance

FP32 (float) performance3,789 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance947.2 GFLOPS (1:4)
Pixel Rate29.60 GPixel/s
Texture Rate118.4 GTexel/s

Critics Reviews

The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition card we tested is virtually identical to the original 7970, save for its newer firmware. Retail-ready cards, however, will be customized by AMD's board parters and ...
The Radeon HD 7970 is a card of many firsts. It’s the first video card using a 28nm GPU. It’s the first card supporting Direct3D 11.1. It’s the first member of AMD’s new Southern Islands ...
The most notable case where this has occurred would be the Radeon HD 4870 and 4890, the first cards to use GDDR5. The memory performance was fantastic; the idle power consumption was not.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 vs. AMD Radeon HD 7970 Technologies, Performance, Multimonitor Support Of the major rivalries in the technology industry, few get as heated as often as that of Nvidia and AMD.
The AMD ATI Radeon HD 7970 measures 27 cm long (10.6 in), the GPU core is clocked at 925MHz, and the GDDR5 memory operates at the same frequency of 1375MHz (5.5GHz DDR).
The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition gets is mojo from two main things, faster base GPU and memory clocks and the addition of a new feature—AMD PowerTune Technology with Boost.
Today AMD launches their new Radeon HD 7970. The card is based on brand-new 28 nanometer silicon which promises reduced power consumption. Another important change is AMD's move to a new shader architecture, enabling increased performance, easier design of future products and more efficient rendering.
AMD's suggested pricing for the HD 7970 is 9, which feels a bit expensive, I would consider 9 reasonable and 9 a bargain deal. However, even at its 9 price point, the Radeon HD 7970 is an ok deal when looking at other options in the high-end graphics card market.
Radeon HD 7970 Vs. Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. We start off by testing both cards at 1050 and 925 MHz. Since our samples are completely stable at those frequencies, we didn’t have to touch the ...
As far as performance and functionality goes, the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (7970GE) is a rather straightforward upgrade to the existing Radeon HD 7970.
The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is a unique card from a market-positioning standpoint. After Radeon HD 2900 series, and the completion of ATI's merger with AMD, the company took up a unique model of product development that ensured it could have competitive products out in the market targeting every segment, while not having to spend much on making ...
AMD will be shipping the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition in the next couple of weeks, at roughly 9—0 cheaper than the original and in the same price ballpark as the GTX 680.