ATI Radeon HD 5870 Mac Edition vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
not rated
TeraScale 2
GPU code name
GN20-E7 GA104
Market segment
Launch date
30 June 2010 (10 years ago)
12 January 2021 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
no data
Price now
$20 (0x MSRP)
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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
Core clock speed
850 MHz
1100 MHz
Boost clock speed
no data
1710 MHz
Number of transistors
2,154 million
17,400 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
228 Watt
115 Watt
Texture fill rate
Floating-point performance
2,720.0 gflops
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Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 5870 Mac Edition and GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile 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). 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.

Laptop size
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PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe 4.0 x16
279 mm
no data
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pin
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Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
16 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
4780 MHz
12 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
153.0 GB/s
384.0 GB/s
Shared memory
no data

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
1x DVI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
No outputs

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

11.2 (11_0)
12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model

Advantages of ATI Radeon HD 5870 Mac Edition

We are unaware of any advantages of ATI Radeon HD 5870 Mac Edition over NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile

Much newer (12 January 2021 vs 30 June 2010)

More pipelines (6144 vs 1600)

Higher memory bandwidth (384 vs 153 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (8 vs 40 nm)

Lower power consumption (115W vs 228W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between ATI Radeon HD 5870 Mac Edition and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile. We've got no test results to judge.

Be aware that Radeon HD 5870 Mac Edition is a desktop card while GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile is a notebook one.

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