Somewhat unexpectedly, AMD just released the Radeon HD 8970M, the fastest chip in the company's mobile GPU lineup. Just like the other 8000M parts, the 8970M is largely a rebrand of a previous-generation part. The 8970M is nearly identical to the Radeon HD 7970M, it has the same GCN architecture with 1280 stream processors and 2GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 4800MHz. The core is clocked at 850MHz, with a 900MHz boost, and there's a slight increase in computing power, the Radeon HD 7970M spec sheet lists 2176 single-precision gigaflops whereas the 8970M has 2304 gigaflops.
AMD today launched the AMD Radeon HD 8970M, the world's fastest notebook graphics card. The AMD Radeon HD 8970M graphics processing unit (GPU) delivers the best mobile gaming experience imaginable to gamers, powered by AMD's award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.
"Today's gaming notebooks need a graphics card that is fast, powerful and energy-efficient," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. "The AMD Radeon HD 8970M GPU is the perfect combination of technologies, blending performance, immersive features and an extensive battery life that delivers an unrivaled gaming experience, even on the go."
"When developing our new gaming notebook, the MSI GX70, we required a graphics card that would truly enhance the gaming experience. The AMD Radeon HD 8970M graphics card exceeded our expectations," said Eric Kuo, vice president for Global Sales and Marketing, MSI Notebook. "Its speed, features and intelligent power capabilities perfectly complement our product. The GX70 is surely designed for professional and top tier gamers."
Features and Benefits:
Speed: Featuring AMD's GCN Architecture, the AMD Radeon HD 8970M GPU is built for speed and designed from the ground up to provide the best experience in the top PC games for today and tomorrow.
Intelligent Power Features: AMD's Enduro Technology allows the AMD Radeon HD 8970M GPU to optimize battery life. The power features are inherently dynamic, delivering instant performance when needed and adjusting GPU requirements when in idle mode.
Multi-Display Optimization: AMD Eyefinity technology allows for the highest quality multi-display gaming spread across several different monitors, creating an immersive experience.
Engineered for Compute: AMD App Acceleration harnesses the compute power of the AMD Radeon GPU to take workload off the CPU and provide unprecedented performance in everyday applications. The AMD Radeon HD 8970M GPU offers improved performance and enhanced visual effects5.
Unparalleled Image Quality & Video Playback: The AMD Radeon HD 8970M GPU is the ideal entertainment and productivity tool that provides smooth video playback and maximizes image quality for all of your multimedia needs.
DirectX 11.1 Support: Offers full support for DirectX 11.1 and Windows 8 for all of today and tomorrow's games and applications.