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Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition.

The RTX 2080 Ti has a 280 MHz higher core clock speed and 144 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7970. This results in the RTX 2080 Ti providing 230.2 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 RTX 2080 Ti has a 280 MHz higher core clock speed and 56 more Render Output Units than the HD 7970. This results in the RTX 2080 Ti providing 84.6 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 RTX 2080 Ti was released over three years more recently than the HD 7970, and so the RTX 2080 Ti is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 7970 when running the latest games.

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 RTX 2080 Ti has 8192 MB more video memory than the HD 7970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the RTX 2080 Ti also has superior memory performance overall.

The RTX 2080 Ti has 328 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 7970, which means that the memory performance of the RTX 2080 Ti is massively better than the HD 7970.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI has 4352 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the RTX 2080 Ti is 7116 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7970 is 2002. The RTX 2080 Ti having 5114 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RTX 2080 Ti delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 7970.

The RTX 2080 Ti transistor size technology is 16 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 7970. This means that the RTX 2080 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 7970.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI requires 260 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 7970 GHz MSI Lightning BE 3GB Edition requires 300 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the RTX 2080 Ti and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the HD 7970. The HD 7970 requires 40 Watts more than the RTX 2080 Ti to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7970 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RTX 2080 Ti.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1350 MHzvs1070 MHz
Boost Clock1635 MHzvs1150 MHz
ArchitectureTuring TU102-300A-K1-A1GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT2
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Good
Release Date20 Sep 2018vs05 Mar 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1920x1080
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory11264 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus352 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth616GB/secvs288GB/sec
L2 Cache 6144 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4352vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs96%
Technology12nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units272vs128
Texture Rate367.2 GTexel/svs137 GTexel/s
Render Output Units88vs32
Pixel Rate118.8 GPixel/svs34.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections3vs4
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power260 Wattsvs300 Watts
Recommended PSU650 Wattsvs550 Watts & 46 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL-vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-8700K 6-Core 3.7GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the top RTX 20 Series graphics card and considered an Enthusiast graphics card based on the Turing architecture. Architecture The Turing architecture represents a process shrink down to 12nm compared to 14nm Pascal. The Turing architecture provides the world's first consumer support for real-time ray-tracing technology, or RTX. GPU It equips a GPU Codenamed TU102 which has 4352 Shader Processing Units, 272 TMUs and 88 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1350MHz and goes up to 1545MHz in Boost mode. It also has 544 Tensor Cores for AI purposes. Memory The GPU accesses an 11GB frame buffer of first-gen GDDR6 memory through a 352-bit memory interface, while the Memory clock operates at 1750MHz, or 14GHz effective. Power Consumption With a rated board TDP of 285W, it requires at least a 650W PSU with two 8-pin power connectors. System Suggestions GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a top-End Processor and at least 16GB of RAM for optimal performance.Overview
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.

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Cooling Solution
MSIs 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.
Recommended CPU-Intel Core i7-4790S 4-Core 3.2GHz
AMD Opteron 6278
Intel Core i7-7700T 4-Core 2.9GHz
Intel Core i7-980 6-Core 3.33GHz
Intel Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades-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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