AMD HD7970 Graphics Card Review

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Unigine provides an interesting way to test hardware. It can be easily adapted to various projects due to its elaborated software design and flexible toolset. A lot of their customers claim that they have never seen such extremely-effective code, which is so easy to understand.

Heaven Benchmark is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on advanced Unigine engine from Unigine Corp. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. Interactive mode provides emerging experience of exploring the intricate world of steampunk.

Efficient and well-architected framework makes Unigine highly scalable:

  • Multiple API (DirectX 9 / DirectX 10 / DirectX 11 / OpenGL) render
  • Cross-platform: MS Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7) / Linux
  • Full support of 32bit and 64bit systems
  • Multicore CPU support
  • Little / big endian support (ready for game consoles)
  • Powerful C++ API
  • Comprehensive performance profiling system
  • Flexible XML-based data structures

We use the following settings: 1920×1080 resolution. Anti Aliasing off. Anisotrophy 4, Tessellation normal. Shaders High. Stereo 3D disabled. API: Direct X 11.

There is no doubt the HD7970 has vastly improved Tessellation performance when compared against the last generation HD6970 graphics card. The Nvidia GTX580 also trails behind the new AMD card, averaging just under 68 fps.

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  • ChrisJ
    December 22, 2011
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    Finally! I’ve been looking forward to AMD giving nvidia a bloody nose!

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  • Anonymous
    December 22, 2011
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  • Roger
    December 22, 2011
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    wow thats a hell of a fast piece of hardware. nice job from AMD

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  • David
    December 22, 2011
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    Well after bulldozer they needed to do something, this is it.

    but its not a direct replacement for 6970, its a completely new price category, more than GTX580. 6970 was much cheaper.

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  • Eran B
    December 22, 2011
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    hey, I wonder how nvidia will respond to this, thats an insanely powerful card. Only concern for me is the price. Ive seen the 6990 on sale for £499.

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  • Første test af 7970 - Guru3D
    December 22, 2011
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  • Frank
    December 22, 2011
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    Very nice, but im more interested in the 7950, and the pricing. this is just too expensive IMO.

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  • Brian Ha
    December 22, 2011
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    Good performance, and nice to see them improving the cooler a little. the HD6990 cooler is insanely loud. I am surprised that it doesn’t cost around £399 inc vat as AMD have always been competitive on pricing. t his seems over the odds IMO.

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    December 22, 2011
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    December 22, 2011
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  • Anonymous
    December 22, 2011
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    December 22, 2011
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    December 22, 2011
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  • RadMon
    December 22, 2011
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    Finally we gets a MoFo cards that does Crysis at 60 fps :@)

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    December 22, 2011
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    December 22, 2011
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  • Re-cap
    December 22, 2011
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    Checked out legitreviews, toms and hardocp but happier with this. Wish you’d done original Crysis to see if it does 60fps

  • Killer 7970
    December 22, 2011
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    Love KitGuru’s reviews and the 7970 is the best of the bunch

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    December 23, 2011
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  • mbryans
    January 6, 2012
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    AMD Radeon HD 7970 a little disappointing. I hope the HD 7970 uses ultra-fast memory such as Rambus XDR2 and able to achieve perfect HQV score of 120. The use of PCI Express 3.0 by the HD 7970 also does not provide significant improvement.

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