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GeForce GTX 590 vs Radeon HD 5970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 590 features a core clock speed of 607 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 855 MHz. It also features a 384-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 512 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5970, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 725 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1600 SPUs along with 160 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5970 294 Watts
GeForce GTX 590 365 Watts
Difference: 71 Watts (24%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 590 should be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 5970 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 590 328320 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5970 256000 MB/sec
Difference: 72320 (28%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5970 will be much (more or less 199%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 590. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 232000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 590 77696 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 154304 (199%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5970 will be quite a bit (more or less 59%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GTX 590, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 92800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 590 58272 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 34528 (59%)

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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GeForce GTX 590

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 590 Radeon HD 5970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2011 November 2009
Code Name GF110 Hemlock XT
Memory 1536 MB (x2) 1024 MB (x2)
Core Speed 607 MHz (x2) 725 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 3420 MHz (x2) 4000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 365 watts 294 watts
Bandwidth 328320 MB/sec 256000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 77696 Mtexels/sec 232000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 58272 Mpixels/sec 92800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 512 (x2) 1600 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 64 (x2) 160 (x2)
Render Output Units 48 (x2) 64 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit (x2) 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3000 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, 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 maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 590

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Radeon HD 5970

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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.

Comments

7 Responses to “GeForce GTX 590 vs Radeon HD 5970”
Chris says:

The HD 5970 still packs one hell of a punch, when it came out no video card from the NVidia line could touch it, a true monster. And it still packs a bigger punch then a GTX 580 and is on par with the 6990 and 590. Great price, great card.

shooter says:

Couldn't agree more I run two of these beast in CrossfireX 🙂

MOSLER says:

There is an error. The HD 5970's Texel Rate is 116000 Mtexels/sec (58x2).

2xAMD 5970oc says:

Nice card the best in the world

5970 foreverrr

james says:

i don't think the 690 will beat this monster

ali says:

nasa computer in colifornia just run 5 gtx 590 babies

Anonymous says:

There are a BBIIIGGG error whit the spec of hd5970 on this site.
I dont belive in this benchemark.

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