AMD Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire

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How well can the Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire run games
15 Sep 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire is only really challenged by the most demanding games released today, but normally it is more than capable of running games with a stable frame rate at 1080p. Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire is capable of DirectX 11 gaming requirements.

What FPS performance can the Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire get on latest AAA 2020 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. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 286 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We are seeing Microsoft Flight Simulator getting 40 FPS with the Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout getting 81 FPS and Cyberpunk 2077 predicted to get 44 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at Microsoft Flight Simulator where it was playable. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 80 FPS, Medium: 63 FPS, High: 42 FPS and Ultra: 30 FPS. We added Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout to our tests and saw it was good with a 62 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then researched Cyberpunk 2077 leading us to predict 34 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire is a solid choice of hardware for increased screen resolution gaming. We can see this graphics card is capable of delivering reliable frame rates at Ultra and certainly High graphics settings at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire in your PC? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire? A good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which meets 833 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 40% better performance. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire then a good choice would be R-500 Series Radeon RX 590 8GB as this is better than 786 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 21% better performance as well.
FPS System Benchmark
65 FPS
The Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire is released on 01 Jan 2012

Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire
GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT (x2) (x2)
Texture Rate
237 GTexel/s
32 (x2)
Pixel Rate
59 GPixel/s
Processing Units
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
6144 MB
Memory Speed
1375 MHz
Memory Bus
384 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
925 MHz
Max Power
460 Watts
Power Connector
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon HD 7970 put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon HD 7970 to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to 64% better than a single Radeon HD 7970 performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single Radeon HD 7970. Expect this combination to draw up to 600 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.

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Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 12%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 31% 21%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 0% 0%
Crysis Remastered 26% 43%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 34% 46%
The Invincible 0% 20%
eFootball PES 2021 48% 43%
Valorant 96% 90%
Watch Dogs Legion 34% 9%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 51% 61%
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