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Radeon HD 5970 vs Radeon HD 6990

Intro

The Radeon HD 5970 makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 725 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1600 SPUs as well as 160 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6990, which comes with core speeds of 830 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

(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

In theory, the Radeon HD 6990 should perform quite a bit faster than 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 should be quite a bit (more or less 46%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 6990. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5970 is superior to the Radeon HD 6990, by a large margin. (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

Radeon HD 5970

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6990

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

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 maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability 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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