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AMD Radeon HD 7970 review

Chris Finnamore
22 Dec 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
inc VAT

It's expensive, but this is easily the most powerful single-GPU graphics card we've seen


The HD 7970 also has plenty of overclocking headroom. Using AMD's Overdrive utility, we pushed the card up to 1,125MHz core speed and 1,575MHz memory speed, which saw our Crysis 2 test leap up to a huge 57.3fps - even faster than the HD 6990's 53fps. The card sounded like it was going to take off when running at these speeds, though.

The Radeon HD 7970 is a hugely impressive card. AMD has managed to squeeze a massive amount of power from a single GPU while keeping the power requirements the same as its significantly less powerful predecessor. All this power comes at a price - the card will be around £420 including VAT when it launches. This makes it around 35 per cent more expensive than the Radeon HD 6970 for 30 per cent more performance. Compared to its rival from Nvidia, the GeForce GTX 580, it's around 10 per cent more expensive for 20 per cent extra performance. If you're after a card that will play the most punishing games available at the very highest detail levels, this is the one to get.

Basic Specifications

InterfacePCI Express x16
Slots taken up2
Graphics ProcessorAMD Radeon HD 7970
Memory3GB GDDR5
Memory interface384-bit
GPU clock speed925MHz
Memory speed1.38GHz
Card length277mm


Architecture2048 stream processors
Anti aliasing8x
Anisotropic filtering16x


DVI outputs1
VGA outputs0
S-video outputno
S-Video inputno
Composite outputsno
Composite inputsno
Component outputsno
HDMI outputs1
Power leads required1x 6-pin PCI Express, 1x 8-pin PCI Express


AccessoriesHDMI to DVI, active mini-DisplayPort to DVI adaptors
Software includednone

Buying Information

Warrantyone-year RTB

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