ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 vs NVIDIA GeForce MX230
Comparison of Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230 architecture, market type and release date.
Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Texture fill rate
28 GTexel / s
25.31 GTexel / s
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
Parameters of memory installed on Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
DDR3, GDDR3, GDDR5
GDDR5 / DDR3
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
64 GB / s
48.06 GB / s
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230.
Technological solutions and APIs supported by Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
APIs supported by Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX 11, Shader 5.0
DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
Let's see how good Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
Advantages of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
Wider memory bus (128 vs 64 bit)
More pipelines (800 vs 384)
Higher memory bandwidth (64 vs 48.06 GB/s)
Eyefinity (up to 6 displays)
HD Audio (Dolby True HD, DTS HD)
Avivo HD (UVD2.2)
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce MX230
2.8% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (15 February 2019 vs 7 January 2010)
Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 40 nm)
Less power hungry (10 vs 50 watts)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
So, Mobility HD 5870 or MX230?
Technical City couldn't decide between ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and NVIDIA GeForce MX230. The differences in performance seem too small.
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