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AMD Radeon HD 8970 (OEM)

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How well can the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) run games
13 Dec 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

Getting one of these Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) graphics cards allows the gamer to run indie system requirements and some less demanding AAA titles. In today’s PC hardware terms these are considered middle range for gaming performance. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 11 requirement.

How well will the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) run 2019 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 225 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We are seeing Detroit: Become Human getting 0 FPS with the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM), Halo: Reach getting 100 FPS and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare getting 22 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

Moving screen sizes up to 1440p we ran Detroit: Become Human on the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) to see that it got a weak set of frame rates. Here are the low to ultra results at 1440p - L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS. Another popular game to test at 1440p with this card was Halo: Reach which seemed good in performance netting an Ultra FPS of 76 FPS. Finally we then took a look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare where its Ultra 1440p Frame rates were weak at 17 FPS. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) we get the impression that it is a perfectly suitable selection of hardware for theis larger screen size. If a game at 1440p struggles a bit or experiences a frame drop then you can tweak settings in game to help get it stable. This might mean lowering it to medium or low in some specific options.

How many years will the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) in your PC? This Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) 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 Radeon HD 8970 (OEM)? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) then a good choice would be 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB as this is better than 893 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 111% better performance as well. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 66% better and can meet 763 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
31 FPS
The Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) is released on 08 Jan 2013

Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon HD 8970 (OEM)
GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT
Texture Rate
118 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
30 GPixel/s
Processing Units
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
3072 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
250 Watts
600 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) is an OEM only, High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off.
GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Tahiti XT which has 32 Compute Units activated and thus offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 925MHz.

The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 1375MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 250W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) is a Direct Rebrand of Radeon HD 7970 and performs exactly like it.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.

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Radeon HD 8970 (OEM) vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 10% 57%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 15% 57%
Cyberpunk 2077 3% 116%
Halo: Reach 78% 50%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 71% 116%
Detroit: Become Human 28% 138%
Borderlands 3 1% 66%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 3% 116%
FIFA 20 39% 16%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 50% 51%
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