ATI Radeon HD 5870: specs and benchmarks

ATI Radeon HD 5870

Summary

ATI started Radeon HD 5870 sales 23 September 2009 at a recommended price of $399. This is TeraScale 2 architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 1 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4.8 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 153.6 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 282 mm. Two 6-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 188 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 8.97 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT.

General info

Of Radeon HD 5870's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.85
 
Architecture
TeraScale 2
 
Code name
Cypress
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
23 September 2009
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$399
 
Price now
$394
 
of 19263 (Quadro GV100)

Technical specs

Radeon HD 5870's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon HD 5870's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1600
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
850 MHz
 
Transistor count
2,154 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
188 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
68.00
 
Floating-point performance
2,720.0 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 5870's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
Length
282 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pin
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 5870: 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.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
 
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
4800 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
153.6 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 5870. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 
HDMI
+
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 5870, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
11.2 (11_0)
 
Shader Model
5.0
 
OpenGL
4.4
 
OpenCL
1.2
 
Vulkan
N/A
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 5870. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

8.97

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

2530

Passmark

2246

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 5870 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 5870 performance compared to its nearest competitors.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 5870 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 460, which is faster by 2% and higher by 5 positions in our rating.

User rating

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