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Radeon HD 5970 vs Radeon HD 6990


The Radeon HD 5970 has a core clock speed of 725 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1600 SPUs, 160 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6990, which has GPU core speed of 830 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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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 in theory be quite a bit better 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 will be a lot (approximately 46%) better 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

The Radeon HD 5970 will be much (more or less 75%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6990, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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.

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Radeon HD 5970

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Model Radeon HD 5970 Radeon HD 6990
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2009 March 2011
Code Name Hemlock XT Antilles
Memory 1024 MB (x2) 2048 MB (x2)
Core Speed 725 MHz (x2) 830 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 4000 MHz (x2) 5000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 294 watts 375 watts
Bandwidth 256000 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 232000 Mtexels/sec 159360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 92800 Mpixels/sec 53120 Mpixels/sec
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)
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 2154 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.


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.

Query about 5850 - Digit Technology Discussion Forum says:

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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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