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Radeon HD 5970 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The Radeon HD 5970 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 725 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 1600 SPUs along with 160 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 560, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1175 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 7000 MHz on this particular card. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
Radeon HD 5970 294 Watts
Difference: 214 Watts (268%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 5970 should be a lot faster than the Radeon RX 560 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 256000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 141312 (123%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5970 is quite a bit (more or less 209%) more effective at AF than the Radeon RX 560. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 232000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 156800 (209%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5970 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 92800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 74000 (394%)

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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Radeon RX 560

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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 560
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2009 May 2017
Code Name Hemlock XT Baffin
Memory 1024 MB (x2) 4096 MB
Core Speed 725 MHz (x2) 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz (x2) 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 294 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 256000 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 232000 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 92800 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1600 (x2) 1024
Texture Mapping Units 160 (x2) 64
Render Output Units 64 (x2) 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 14 nm
Transistors 2154 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 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 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 number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 5970

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Radeon RX 560

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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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