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Radeon HD 5870 vs Radeon HD 7970

Intro

The Radeon HD 5870 comes with a core clock frequency of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1200 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1600(320x5) SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 7970, which features GPU core speed of 925 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1375 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5870 188 Watts
Radeon HD 7970 250 Watts
Difference: 62 Watts (33%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 7970 should in theory be quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 5870 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 264000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5870 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 110400 (72%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7970 will be quite a bit (about 74%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 5870. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 118400 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5870 68000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 50400 (74%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7970 is superior to the Radeon HD 5870, but not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 7970 29600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5870 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2400 (9%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Radeon HD 5870

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 7970

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 5870 Radeon HD 7970
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year September 23, 2009 January 2012
Code Name Cypress XT Tahiti XT
Memory 1024 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 850 MHz 925 MHz
Memory Speed 4800 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 188 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 264000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 68000 Mtexels/sec 118400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 27200 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1600(320x5) 2048
Texture Mapping Units 80 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2154 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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