Published on April 4th, 2013 | by Tonberry King
AMD Radeon HD7970
The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is designed around the Graphics Core Next architecture (the AMD equivalent of Nvidia’s Kepler) using the 28nm production process which crams over 4.3 billion transistors into its GPU. The HD 7970’s Tahiti GPU utilizes 3GB of GDDR5 ram. Additionally, the HD 7970 is also a DirectX 11.1 graphics card and is compatible with PCI Express 3.0.
Maximum power consumption capped at 270W. This is slightly higher than the GTX 680. However, compared to previous high-end AMD Radeon cards, you’re getting much more performance for less power consumption.
Real World Performance
The HD 7970 can run modern games at an eye watering 2560×1600 resolution. Most modern games can be played on ultra settings, and if you’re still not getting the high frame rates you crave you can always stack these graphics card in a CrossFire configuration. Since every manufacturer utilizes different components when producing the HD 7970, the performance level of each card will differ. However, if you’re looking for a great value with an awesome 5 year warranty, the Diamond AMD Radeon HD 7970 is definitely worth checking out. The included driver software comes with an application called Catalyst which allows you to make fine adjustments to the cards performance (fan speed and other variables). Other variants like the Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 (pictured below) come in below $400!
The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is a sub $480 high end graphics card (with some options coming in at below $400) that is on par with its rival, the Nvidia GTX 680. It consumes more power and offers slightly less performance than the GTX 680. However it is a very quiet card and has great over-clocking potential – the ability to be configured in a CrossFire configuration makes this card somewhat future proof.
Summary: The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is a high end graphics card that includes over 4GB of DDR5 ram. This card is capable of playing most modern games on ultra settings at 1080p and above.