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AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition

Graphics Processor
Tahiti
Cores
2048
TMUs
128
ROPs
32
Memory Size
3 GB
Memory Type
GDDR5
Bus Width
384 bit
GPU Chip
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The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition was a high-end graphics card by AMD, launched in June 2012. Built on the 28 nm process, and based on the Tahiti graphics processor, in its Tahiti XT2 variant, the card supports DirectX 12.0. The Tahiti graphics processor is a large chip with a die area of 352 mm² and 4,313 million transistors. It features 2048 shading units, 128 texture mapping units and 32 ROPs. AMD has placed 3,072 MB GDDR5 memory on the card, which are connected using a 384-bit memory interface. The GPU is operating at a frequency of 1000 MHz, which can be boosted up to 1050 MHz, memory is running at 1500 MHz.
Being a dual-slot card, the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition draws power from 1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin power connectors, with power draw rated at 300 W maximum. Display outputs include: 1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort. Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is connected to the rest of the system using a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 interface. The card measures 274 mm in length, and features a dual-slot cooling solution. Its price at launch was 499 US Dollars.

Graphics Processor

GPU Name
Tahiti
GPU Variant
Tahiti XT2
(215-0821065)
Architecture
GCN 1.0
Foundry
TSMC
Process Size
28 nm
Transistors
4,313 million
Die Size
352 mm²

Graphics Card

Release Date
Jun 22nd, 2012
Generation
Southern Islands
(HD 7900)
Production
End-of-life
Launch Price
499 USD
Bus Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
Reviews
191 in our database

Relative Performance

3%
GeForce 210
4%
GeForce 9400 GT
5%
Radeon HD 4550
6%
Radeon HD 5450
7%
Radeon HD 6450
8%
GeForce GT 520
9%
GeForce GT 220
12%
GeForce GT 430
12%
Radeon HD 5570
13%
Radeon HD 4670
14%
GeForce GT 440
14%
GeForce GT 240
17%
GeForce 9600 GT
18%
Radeon HD 5670
19%
GeForce GT 640
19%
GeForce 9800 GT
20%
Radeon HD 6670
21%
Radeon HD 4830
22%
Radeon HD 4770
24%
Radeon HD 4850
24%
GeForce GTS 250
25%
GeForce GTS 450
26%
Radeon HD 5750
29%
Radeon HD 7750
29%
Radeon HD 5770
30%
GeForce GTX 260
30%
Radeon HD 4870
30%
Radeon Vega 8
31%
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
31%
GeForce GTX 650
33%
Radeon HD 5830
35%
Radeon HD 6790
35%
Radeon HD 4890
36%
GeForce GTX 460
37%
Radeon RX Vega 11
37%
GeForce GT 1030
37%
GeForce GTX 275
37%
Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition
38%
GeForce GTX 280
38%
GeForce GTX 465
40%
Radeon HD 6850
41%
GeForce GTX 285
44%
Radeon HD 5850
45%
GeForce GTX 650 Ti
45%
Radeon HD 7790
47%
Radeon RX 550
47%
GeForce GTX 470
48%
Radeon HD 6870
52%
Radeon HD 5870
53%
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
54%
Radeon HD 4870 X2
54%
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
55%
Radeon HD 6950
57%
GeForce GTX 295
57%
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost
58%
Radeon HD 7850
59%
GeForce GTX 480
62%
Radeon HD 6970
63%
Radeon R7 265
64%
Radeon RX 460
64%
Radeon R7 370
64%
GeForce GTX 660
64%
GeForce GTX 570
65%
Radeon RX 560
69%
GeForce GTX 950
70%
Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition
72%
Radeon R9 270X
72%
GeForce GTX 660 Ti
73%
GeForce GTX 580
73%
GeForce GTX 1050
73%
Radeon HD 7950
75%
Radeon HD 5970
77%
GeForce GTX 760
83%
GeForce GTX 670
85%
GeForce GTX 960
87%
Radeon R9 380
88%
Radeon R9 285
89%
Radeon HD 7970
90%
GeForce GTX 680
92%
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
94%
GeForce GTX 770
96%
Radeon HD 6990
99%
Radeon R9 280X
100%
GeForce GTX 590
100%
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
111%
GeForce GTX 780
115%
GeForce GTX 1650
122%
Radeon RX 470
124%
Radeon R9 290
130%
Radeon RX 570
132%
Radeon R9 390
133%
Radeon R9 290X
134%
GeForce GTX 970
136%
GeForce GTX TITAN
138%
GeForce GTX 780 Ti
140%
Radeon R9 390X
141%
Radeon HD 7990
141%
Radeon RX 480
142%
GeForce GTX 690
150%
Radeon RX 580
153%
GeForce GTX 980
155%
Radeon R9 FURY
155%
GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
162%
Radeon RX 590
171%
Radeon R9 295X2
172%
GeForce GTX 1660
174%
Radeon R9 FURY X
177%
GeForce GTX 980 Ti
181%
GeForce GTX TITAN X
197%
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
197%
GeForce GTX 1070
210%
Radeon RX Vega 56
222%
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
229%
Radeon RX Vega 64
232%
GeForce GTX 1080
232%
GeForce RTX 2060
241%
Radeon RX 5700
261%
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER
270%
GeForce RTX 2070
276%
Radeon RX 5700 XT
280%
Radeon VII
287%
TITAN X Pascal
295%
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
299%
GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER
318%
GeForce RTX 2080
337%
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
372%
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Based on TPU review data: "Performance Summary" at 1920x1080

Clock Speeds

Base Clock
1000 MHz
Boost Clock
1050 MHz
Memory Clock
1500 MHz
6000 MHz effective

Memory

Memory Size
3 GB
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bus
384 bit
Bandwidth
288.0 GB/s

Render Config

Shading Units
2048
TMUs
128
ROPs
32
Compute Units
32
L1 Cache
16 KB (per CU)
L2 Cache
768 KB

Theoretical Performance

Pixel Rate
33.60 GPixel/s
Texture Rate
134.4 GTexel/s
FP32 (float) performance
4.301 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance
1,075 GFLOPS (1:4)

Board Design

Slot Width
Dual-slot
Length
10.8 inches
274 mm
TDP
300 W
Outputs
1x DVI
1x HDMI
2x mini-DisplayPort
Power Connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Board Number
C386-37

Graphics Features

DirectX
12.0 (11_1)
OpenGL
4.6
OpenCL
1.2
Vulkan
1.1.101
Shader Model
5.1

Tahiti GPU Notes

Architecture Codename: Southern Islands
CLRX Version: GCN 1.0
Graphics/Compute: GFX6 (gfx600)
Display Core Engine: 6.0
Unified Video Decoder: 3.2
Video Compression Engine: 1.0

Exact Transistor Count: 4,312,711,873

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Sapphire HD 7970 Vapor-X 1000 MHz 1050 MHz 1500 MHz 10.83 inches/275 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
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