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Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed 1038 Mhz 850 Mhz
Boost Clock 1128 Mhz -
Architecture Maxwell GM204 GCN 1.0 Wimbledon XT (x2)
Release Date - -
Notebook GPU Yes Yes

Resolution Performance

1920x1080
2560x1440 -
3840x2160 -

GPU Memory

Memory 8192 MB 4096 MB
Memory Speed 1253 MHz 1200 MHz
Memory Bus 256 Bit 512 Bit
Memory Type - -
Memory Bandwidth 160.4GB/sec 307.2GB/sec

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units 1664 2560
Technology 28nm 28nm

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH) 4096x2160 4096x2160
VGA Connections - -
DVI Connections - -
HDMI Connections - -
DisplayPort Connections - -

GPU Power Requirements

Power Required (Watts) 122 Watts 200 Watts
Recommended PSU - -

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz Core i7-3940XM 4-Core 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM 8 GB 8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080

GPU Recommended Hardware

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GPU Variants
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB Performance Review

This GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB graphics card is considered budget with poor modern game performance when playing anything more demanding than indie game requirements.

This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

How well will the GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB run 2022 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. The GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 300 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB can run Days Gone at 1080p and saw it return playable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 98 FPS, Medium: 77 FPS, High: 52 FPS and Ultra: 37 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Forza Horizon 5 returns a weak 19 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

Moving screen sizes up to 1440p we ran Days Gone on the GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB to see that it got a playable set of frame rates. Here are the low to ultra results at 1440p - L: 75FPS, M: 59FPS, H: 40FPS, U: 28FPS. Another popular game to test at 1440p with this card was Forza Horizon 5 which seemed weak in performance netting an Ultra FPS of 14 FPS. Finally we then took a look at Star Citizen where its predicted Ultra 1440p Frame rates were playable at 34 FPS. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB, this is a reasonable choice at this screen size. You can always tweak modern game graphics settings to help you get a better High graphics setting experience at 1440p.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB in your PC? This GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB 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 GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 20 Series GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 64% better and can meet 810 of their recommended requirements.

AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire Performance Review

Based on current gaming requirements the Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire is considered one of the weakest cards and wont meet modern AAA game specs.

Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire is capable of DirectX 11 gaming requirements.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2022. In particular we focus on how well the Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 187 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire can run Resident Evil 8 at 1080p and saw it 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 22 returns a good 62 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We discovered the Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire ran Resident Evil 8 to a weak performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. Another game tested was FIFA 22, L: 124FPS, M: 98FPS, H: 66FPS, U: 47FPS. And then we researched potential graphics card performance on Star Citizen, wih estimates revealing L: 47FPS, M: 37FPS, H: 25FPS, U: 18FPS at 1440p. In summary we feel the Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire running at 1440p is not a first choice gaming resolution. While this graphics card would likely be more suited to 1080p gaming, you may be able to make some graphical tweaks in the game options to improve your stability at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire in your PC? We think this Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire has around 6-12 months until an upgrade should be considered.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire? If you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the 20 Series GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q. This PC hardware upgrade performs 111% better and can run 810 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.