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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 73% 107%
eFootball PES 2020 14% 3%
Control 121% 164%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 73% 107%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 78% 112%
Borderlands 3 33% 59%
Grand Theft Auto VI 92% 130%
Red Dead Redemption 2 73% 107%
F1 2019 43% 72%
Doom Eternal 8% 29%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition.

The HD 7970 has a 60 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the HD 7970. This results in the HD 7970 providing 7.7 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 7970 has a 60 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7970 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 7970 providing 1.9 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 7970 was released over a year more recently than the HD 7970, and so the HD 7970 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 7970.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition and the Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 7970 has 24 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7970, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7970 is slightly better than the HD 7970.

Both the Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition and the Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition have 2048 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the HD 7970 is 2002 and by the HD 7970 is 1758. Knowing that the shader performance of the HD 7970 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition requires 300 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the HD 7970 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the HD 7970. The two GPUs have been recommended a PSU with the same amount of wattage. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1070 MHzvs1010 MHz
Boost Clock1150 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 Tahiti XT2GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date05 Mar 2013vs01 Feb 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
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1920x1080
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2560x1440
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1375 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth288GB/secvs264GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB green tick vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs2048
Actual Shader Performance96%vs85%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs128
Texture Rate137 GTexel/svs129.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate34.2 GPixel/svs32.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections4vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power300 Watts-
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 46 Ampsvs550 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
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.
Radeon HD 7970 MSI OC Edition is a special Edition of the Radeon HD 7970. See the page of the standard edition for more information.
It features overclocking out of the box in the core-clock which went from 925MHz to 1010MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance boost when compared to the standard Radeon HD 7970.
Therefore, all games, including very demanding ones, should be fully playable at max settings and with very attractive resolutions.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i5-7500T 2.7GHz
Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz
Intel Xeon Processor X5670
FX-8310
Intel Xeon E5-2620 v2
AMD FX-8320
Intel Core i5-3570S 3.1GHz
AMD FX-8370E
Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz
Intel Core i3-7350K 4.20GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesRadeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU III OC Strix Gaming 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus ROG Matrix Platinum Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition
Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU III OC Strix Gaming 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus ROG Matrix Platinum Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition
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