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Radeon HD 5870 vs Radeon HD 6870

Intro

The Radeon HD 5870 has a GPU core speed of 850 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1600(320x5) SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6870, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1050 MHz on this card. It features 1120 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6870 151 Watts
Radeon HD 5870 188 Watts
Difference: 37 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 5870 should be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6870 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 153600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6870 134400 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5870 will be a lot (more or less 35%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 6870. (explain)

Radeon HD 5870 68000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6870 50400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17600 (35%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6870 is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 6870 28800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5870 27200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1600 (6%)

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 6870

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 6870
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year September 23, 2009 October 2010
Code Name Cypress XT Barts XT
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 850 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 4800 MHz 4200 MHz
Unified Shaders 1600(320x5) 1120
Texture Mapping Units 80 56
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 188 watts 151 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 153600 MB/sec 134400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 68000 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 27200 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

Comments

5 Responses to “Radeon HD 5870 vs Radeon HD 6870”
Was ist kaputt => muss getauscht werden? - Seite 2 - Forum de Luxx says:

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ATI HD 5870 or HD 6870? - Tech Support Forums - TechIMO.com says:

[...] Here is a theoretical comparison, that has always seemed pretty close to real world performance. Radeon HD 5870 vs Radeon HD 6870 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare If you can wait till this evening, we do have some real experts, and you won't be disappointed. [...]

[1saleaday] ATI Radeon HD 5870 by rootb33r - TribalWar Forums says:

[...] Posted by Lemon hahahaha that's a 5870 loser Idiot, see this: Radeon HD 5870 vs Radeon HD 6870 ***8211; Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare 5870 is better than 6870, I think it may be better than all but the 6900 series [...]

Upgrading from 9800gt, would appreciate any/all advice - Hardware Canucks says:

[...] more efficient in terms of power consumption compared to a 5870 (unless I've overlooked something) Radeon HD 5870 vs Radeon HD 6870 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare Definitely will be aiming for a used card, hopefully some fellow Canucks will sell their cards to [...]

larsV12 says:

Real world shows the 6870 will deliver better performance over its sibling at high res': http://www.techspot.com/review/325-amd-radeon-6870/page8.html

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