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Radeon HD 5970 vs Radeon HD 6990

Intro

The Radeon HD 5970 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 725 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 1600 SPUs as well as 160 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6990, which features a clock speed of 830 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5970 294 Watts
Radeon HD 6990 375 Watts
Difference: 81 Watts (28%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 6990 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the Radeon HD 5970 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 320000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5970 256000 MB/sec
Difference: 64000 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5970 will be quite a bit (more or less 46%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6990. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 232000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6990 159360 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 72640 (46%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5970 should be much (about 75%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon HD 6990, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 92800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6990 53120 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 39680 (75%)

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

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6990

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 5970 Radeon HD 6990
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2009 March 2011
Code Name Hemlock XT Antilles
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB (x2) 2048 MB (x2)
Core Speed 725 MHz (x2) 830 MHz (x2)
Shader Speed N/A MHz (x2) (N/A) MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) (x2) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective) (x2)
Unified Shaders 1600 (x2) 1536 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 160 (x2) 96 (x2)
Render Output Units 64 (x2) 32 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 256-bit (x2)
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 294 watts 375 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 256000 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 232000 Mtexels/sec 159360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 92800 Mpixels/sec 53120 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per 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 card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's 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 also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

Comments

8 Responses to “Radeon HD 5970 vs Radeon HD 6990”
Robert says:
This is wrong! The 6990 has 192 texture units and the 5970 has 160 texture units. They have the same amount of render output units or ROPs.
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magbul says:
ATI Radeon HD 5970 Graphics card is recently announced and expected to be the world’s fastest Graphic card is it right.or fake.i saw the comparison between gtx 590 vs radeon hd 5970 and 5970 vs 6990.
it kill the 6990 n gtx 590 in Texel Rate and Pixel Rate.plz reply..because i want to buy that graphic card
emel says:
Robert you dumb check the official AMD site for details !!!
Dr.Hawk says:
Radeon HD 5970 It is considered a V8 engine!
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