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Radeon HD 5870 vs Radeon R7 370 2G

Intro

The Radeon HD 5870 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1200 MHz on this particular card. It features 1600(320x5) SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 370 2G, which features a clock frequency of 975 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1400 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 370 2G 110 Watts
Radeon HD 5870 188 Watts
Difference: 78 Watts (71%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R7 370 2G should theoretically be just a bit better than the Radeon HD 5870 overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 179200 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5870 153600 MB/sec
Difference: 25600 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5870 is a small bit (more or less 9%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon R7 370 2G. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 68000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 370 2G 62400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5600 (9%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R7 370 2G is superior to the Radeon HD 5870, though only just barely. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 31200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5870 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4000 (15%)

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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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 R7 370 2G
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year September 23, 2009 June 2015
Code Name Cypress XT Trinidad
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 850 MHz 975 MHz
Memory Speed 4800 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 188 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 68000 Mtexels/sec 62400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 27200 Mpixels/sec 31200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1600(320x5) 1024
Texture Mapping Units 80 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2154 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 5870

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Radeon R7 370 2G

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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.

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