ATI Radeon HD 5970: specs and benchmarks

ATI Radeon HD 5970

Summary

ATI started Radeon HD 5970 sales 18 November 2009 at a recommended price of $699. This is TeraScale 2 architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2x 1 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4 GHz are supplied, and together with 2x 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 2x 128.0 GB / s.

Compatibility-wise, this is 2-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 305 mm. One 6-pin and one 8-pin connectors are required, and power consumption is at 294 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 14.66 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon HD 5970's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
TeraScale 2
 
Code name
Hemlock
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
18 November 2009
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$699
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)

Technical specs

Radeon HD 5970'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 5970's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2x 1600
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Core clock speed
725 MHz
 
of 1620 (Quadro RTX 5000)
Transistor count
2,154 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
294 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
2x 58.0 GTexel / s billion / sec
 
Floating-point performance
2x 2,320.0 gflops
 
of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 5970'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
305 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 5970: 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
2x 1 GB
 
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Memory clock speed
4000 MHz
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
2x 128.0 GB / s
 
of 1024 (FirePro S9300 X2)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 5970.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x mini-DisplayPort
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 5970, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
11.2 (11_0)
 
OpenGL
4.4
 
of 4.6

Video card benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 5970. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
14.66
Passmark
2593
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
3690

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 5970 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.

Fortnite

2018

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 5970 performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

Radeon HD 5970
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 660

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 5970 performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

Radeon HD 5970
minimum GeForce GTX 960
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

Overwatch

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 5970 performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

Radeon HD 5970
minimum HD Graphics 4400
recommended GeForce GTX 660

GTA V

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 5970 performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

Radeon HD 5970
minimum GeForce 9800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

Rainbow Six Siege

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 5970 performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

Radeon HD 5970
minimum GeForce GTX 460
recommended Radeon HD 7970

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 5970 performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

Radeon HD 5970
minimum GeForce 6800
recommended GeForce 8800 GT

Dota 2

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 5970 performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

Radeon HD 5970
minimum GeForce 8600 GT

Counter-Strike: GO

2012

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 5970 performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

Radeon HD 5970
recommended GeForce 6600

League of Legends

2009

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 5970 performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

Radeon HD 5970
minimum GeForce 6150 LE
recommended GeForce 8800 GT

Minecraft

2009

Official system requirements

Radeon HD 5970 performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

Radeon HD 5970
minimum Radeon HD 2400
recommended Radeon HD 5970

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 5970 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 5970 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 465, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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