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Geforce GTX 690 vs Radeon HD 5970


The Geforce GTX 690 has a clock frequency of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5970, which features core speeds of 725 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1600 SPUs as well as 160 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5970 294 Watts
Geforce GTX 690 300 Watts
Difference: 6 Watts (2%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Geforce GTX 690 should theoretically be much faster than the Radeon HD 5970 overall. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 384512 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5970 256000 MB/sec
Difference: 128512 (50%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 is a little bit (about 1%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5970. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 234240 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5970 232000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2240 (1%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5970 is superior to the Geforce GTX 690, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 92800 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 690 58560 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 34240 (58%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

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Model Geforce GTX 690 Radeon HD 5970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2012 November 2009
Code Name GK104 Hemlock XT
Memory 2048 MB (x2) 1024 MB (x2)
Core Speed 915 MHz (x2) 725 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 6008 MHz (x2) 4000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 300 watts 294 watts
Bandwidth 384512 MB/sec 256000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 234240 Mtexels/sec 232000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 58560 Mpixels/sec 92800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 (x2) 1600 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 128 (x2) 160 (x2)
Render Output Units 32 (x2) 64 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3540 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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27 Responses to “Geforce GTX 690 vs Radeon HD 5970”
Xtreme says:

hahah i would still go with 5970

cheapy says:

for such a old card the 5970 is still the king of anti-aliasing

Portuogral says:

Proof that we just can't compare two different chip architectures based on Shaders, Textures & ROP counts. I own a HD5970 btw. 😛

Mujeeb says:

hwcompare gives wrong information about some cards, and you guys think ati is great. Just go to and see by yourself, the specs of 5970. gtx 690 is far better than 5970

Simaps07 says:

I own a three year old HD 5970, the only graphic card that I ever had for more than a year, and used in the most barbaric ways (every kind of games and 3d modeling/rendering). So Mujeeb
HD 5970 was the KING, is the KING, and forever will be the KING. Tell me for another Hi-end GPU who crusht two nVidia generation, and made them skip one.

postem says:

The specs for 5970 are doubled on this site. Its wrong, texel and pixel rate should be halfed.

Its completely impossible to consider 5970 to have 92800 and the 6990, having more clock being listed just as half.

MOSLER says:

There is an error:
Pixel fillrate is 46400 MPixel/sec (32 ROPs x 725 MHz = 23200 MPixels x2 GPUs = 46400 MPixel/sec).
Texture fillrate is 116000 MTexels/sec (80 TAUs x 725 MHz = 58000 MTexels/sec x2 GPUs = 116000 MTexels/sec).

wabzorus says:

Radeon 5970 is still price wise

wabzorus says:

there are some errors on the specs of 5970 in this site. gtx 690 is currently best in all. including bandwidth, texel, and pixel rates.

saba says:

for those who think that Newest Nvidia card gtx690 is better than old ATI 5970 , GO FUCK YOURSELF !

fuck690 says:


bhiggz says:

hahaha all of this is just a theory so it means its true or false. but i think 690 is a beast because it has the latest technology

Lash32 says:

Poor Nvidia "Fansboys"

irishman says:

Hello All, just picked up a Evga Gtx 690 to replace my old heater the ATI 5970 and gave it to my son for his rig , I'm sorry guys but the GTx 690 is faster and a lot cooler than my Ati 5970 hemlock 2gig. Battlefield 3 with everything on ultra set at 1920 x 1200 no lag or shutter, smooth frame rates. But hell took a lot of reading and convincing to buy this 1000.00 dollar video card. I'm a gamer,
should be good for 3 more years. Oh the 5970 would overheat and crash my system time to time . No crashing or freezing up with the new video card.

jajaja says:

for irishman

shoot up

pok says:

I own a three year old HD 5970 and water cool system (heat only 50 °C full load). Card work nice batllefield 3 best grafic settings.

WrongWrongWrong says:

I own 5970 and it's a piece of shit. Heat 80-85 degree while gaming on stock hsf. And most game's don't support cfx well so it runs like shit, even worse than a single gpu card. Most games have negative cfx scaling and there is no way to turn the fucking shit off in the new amd drivers. Amd 5970 is an overrated piece of **** worst 500 I ever spent back in the day. Wish I just got a 5870 runs better 90% of the time I bet lol.

Crimson Ryoka says:

The ROG Asus Ares 1, 4gb 5970 can beat an overpriced 690 any day of the week, and if it is overclocked, it will beat the asus mars II, basically it is still the best card in the workd for multi monitor gaming, only second to its successor, the Asus ROG 7970x2 OC water cooled card, which destroys the 690, even when a 690 is liquid cooled and overclocked,

Jackson says:

Amen!!! 5970 is the Bomb!

Sup says:

@WronWrongWrong: Maybe you should stop talking shit and buy a more efficient cooling system.

trevor says:

The 5970 is a high end no doubt

Gerson says:

I will buy the HD 5970

larsV12 says:

@WrongWrongWrong ... what's the matter diddums? Mama not breastfeed you on time? Can you say, 'after market cooling solution'?? Besides the obvious fact the 5970 is just under 2 1/2 years older tech'. Make no bones about it though, the GTX 690 is a killer, top 'o the line GPU .. it just so happens the rapidly aging 5970 can *actually* compete with NVIDIA's Top, flagship GPU in a number of ways. That in itself is great merit to the ATi design team that put the put out the concept of the 5970 and then made it a reality.

popo says:

GIB MIR DEIN GELD; SCATFRESSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous says:

It was one of my big mistkes buy hd5970. Sorry GTX 690, you are better, much better.

thiemo says:

Gtx690 is just plain better if you cant accept that then you are a fanboy. Ofcourse the hd5970 is a realy good card but you you should compare the gtx690 with the hd7990, not with its 4year older variant.

JustMe says:

lol total error their the 5970 should be halved i wont deny its a great card but after owning one myself and then upgrading to a GTX 670 even though the 5970 still costs more the 670 outperforms it so i can easily assume the 690 would greattly outperform it

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