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AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition

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How well can the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition run games
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is a very low performing piece of gaming hardware and can probably only run indie system requirements.

DirectX 11 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

Lets look at the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition game performance guide for some of the biggest games played in 2021. In particular we will see how well this graphics card runs on Ultra settings on 1080p resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 245 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

A Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition card at 1080p is predicted to see a playable frame rate when running Star Citizen on Ultra - 34 FPS. Lets look at the performance its getting on Days Gone which is 29 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Back 4 Blood performs on this hardware, which gets a weak 19 FPS.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition by researching Star Citizen leading us to predict a playable performance. Its FPS predictions for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 68FPS, M: 54FPS, H: 36FPS, U: 26FPS. Another popular game we tested with this card was Days Gone and that was weak. This graphics card delivered 22 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Back 4 Blood which gets weak results with a 14FPS on Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 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 7970 GHz Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition? Are you looking to upgrade a Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition? Then we would suggest getting a RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB, as it can run 625 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 50% increased graphics performance. An alternative great upgrade graphics card would be a RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5300, which has 24% better performance and can run 311 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
40 FPS
High
The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition was released on 22 Jun 2012
AMD PC game performance check Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT2
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
134 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
34 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
$499
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 11.1
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.2
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
3072MB
Memory Speed
1500MHz
Memory Bus
384bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
288GB/sec
L2 Cache
768
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1000 MHz
Boost Clock
1050 MHz
Power
Max Power
250 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
2x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
GD Official
GD RATING
2.4
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Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is a High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Tahiti XT2 which has 32 Compute Units activated and thus offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 1000MHz and goes up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
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 1500MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 275W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

Performance
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition competes with GeForce GTX 680 and is essentially a Higher Clocked Radeon HD 7970 with the addition of The Boost Clock.
It proves to be faster than GeForce GTX 680 at resolutions up to 1920x1080 but takes further lead beyond that.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Very Strong Processor (Intel Core i7 Quad Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.

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