AMD announces the 8970M, the world’s fastest mobile GPU

Announced today came the Radeon HD 8970M, which is now the world’s fastest mobile GPU. Its specifications include 1280 stream processors, an 850MHz core clock (+50MHz for boost), a 1200MHz memory clock, and DirectX 11.1 support. Via MSI, it’s already slapped into their upcoming GX70 gaming laptop, with an unknown release date and price (typical). AMD also touts that the 8970M provides a noticeable improvement over the green team’s GTX 680M in a number of different gaming scenarios. As an added bonus, a free copy of Crysis 3 is included with the GPU. For more information, check out the press release below, or the spec sheet here.

Press Release

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today launched the AMD Radeon™ HD 8970M, the world’s fastest notebook graphics card1. The AMD Radeon HD 8970M graphics processing unit (GPU) delivers the best mobile gaming experience imaginable to gamers, powered by AMD’s award-winningGraphics 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 Architecture2, 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™ Technology3 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 experience4.
  • 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.

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Source: MaximumPC, AnandTech, AMD