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Radeon HD 5970 vs Radeon RX 6500 XT

Intro

The Radeon HD 5970 features clock speeds of 725 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1600 SPUs along with 160 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 6500 XT, which features a GPU core clock speed of 2200 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR6 RAM running at 2250 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 6500 XT 107 Watts
Radeon HD 5970 294 Watts
Difference: 187 Watts (175%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5970 should in theory be a lot superior to the Radeon RX 6500 XT overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 256000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 6500 XT 147456 MB/sec
Difference: 108544 (74%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5970 should be a lot (more or less 65%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon RX 6500 XT. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 232000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 6500 XT 140800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 91200 (65%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5970 is superior to the Radeon RX 6500 XT, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 5970 92800 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 6500 XT 70400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22400 (32%)

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

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Specifications

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Model Radeon HD 5970 Radeon RX 6500 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2009 January 2022
Code Name Hemlock XT Navi 24 XT
Memory 1024 MB (x2) 4096 MB
Core Speed 725 MHz (x2) 2200 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz (x2) 4500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 294 watts 107 watts
Bandwidth 256000 MB/sec 147456 MB/sec
Texel Rate 232000 Mtexels/sec 140800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 92800 Mpixels/sec 70400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1600 (x2) 1024
Texture Mapping Units 160 (x2) 64
Render Output Units 64 (x2) 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 64-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 6 nm
Transistors 2154 million 5400 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon HD 5970

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Radeon RX 6500 XT

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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.

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