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Radeon HD 5970 vs Radeon RX 580

Intro

The Radeon HD 5970 has a GPU core clock speed of 725 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1600 Stream Processors, 160 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 580, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1257 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 2000 MHz on this specific model. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 580 185 Watts
Radeon HD 5970 294 Watts
Difference: 109 Watts (59%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 580 will be 2% quicker than the Radeon HD 5970 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon RX 580 262144 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5970 256000 MB/sec
Difference: 6144 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5970 should be quite a bit (about 28%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 580. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 232000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 580 181008 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 50992 (28%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5970 should be quite a bit (more or less 131%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon RX 580, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 92800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 580 40224 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 52576 (131%)

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.

Price Comparison

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Radeon HD 5970

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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 5970 Radeon RX 580
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2009 April 2017
Code Name Hemlock XT Polaris 20
Memory 1024 MB (x2) 8192 MB
Core Speed 725 MHz (x2) 1257 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz (x2) 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 294 watts 185 watts
Bandwidth 256000 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 232000 Mtexels/sec 181008 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 92800 Mpixels/sec 40224 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1600 (x2) 2304
Texture Mapping Units 160 (x2) 144
Render Output Units 64 (x2) 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 14 nm
Transistors 2154 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 5970

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Radeon RX 580

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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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