GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 8970M vs 7970M

Gaming

Real world tests using the latest 3D games

BioShock Infinite, Crysis 3, Dead Space 3, Diablo III and 1 more

Benchmarks

Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

Passmark, 3DMark 11 Graphics, 3DMark Vantage Graphics and 3DMark06

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

Passmark Direct Compute and CLBenchmark Raytrace

GPUBoss Score

Gaming, Benchmarks and Compute Performance

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AMD Radeon HD 8970M 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 8970M  based on its compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 8970M

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Significantly more memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Slightly better passmark score 4,165 vs 3,813 Around 10% better passmark score
Higher call of duty: modern warfare 3 framerate 109.2 fps vs 80.05 fps More than 35% higher call of duty: modern warfare 3 framerate
Higher diablo III framerate 115.8 fps vs 94.1 fps Around 25% higher diablo III framerate
Better passmark direct compute score 2,086 vs 1,856 More than 10% better passmark direct compute score
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Better 3DMark06 score 22,370.5 vs 18,211.5 Around 25% better 3DMark06 score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 8970M vs 7970M

Passmark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performance

There have also been a few other minor concerns, with the short summary being that it’s not really fair to try to compare performance across a wide suite of benchmarks.
Radeon HD 7970M | by Jarred-Walton (Jun, 2013)

3DMark 11 Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 11 GPU performance

BioShock Infinite 1920 x 1080 - Ultra preset + DX11 (DDOF)

Radeon HD 8970M
40.55 fps
Radeon HD 7970M
43.7 fps
However, check out the list of games with ATI branding from the last year or so: Far Cry 3 (and the spin-off FC3 Blood Dragon), SimCity, Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Crysis 3, DmC (Devil May Cry), Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution are all on the list, and outside of DmC and Sleeping Dogs I’d say all of those are names that any gamer would recognize and most of those games have been good if not excellent.
Radeon HD 8970M | by Jarred-Walton (May, 2013)

Crysis 3 1920 x 1080 - Very High preset + 16xAF + 2xSMAA

The Titan is definitely better than the other cards, but just one of them can’ t handle Crysis 3 smoothly at these resolutions and detail levels.
Radeon HD 7970M | by Joel-Hruska (Mar, 2013)

Passmark Direct Compute Measures performance of general-purpose computing using Microsoft DirectCompute

CLBenchmark Raytrace Measures compute performance using OpenCL to do raytracing

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