ATI Radeon HD 5970: specs and benchmarks

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ATI Radeon HD 5970
ATI Radeon HD 5970
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 725 MHz
  • Max video memory 1024 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4000 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2009
Performance 7.56

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. 1 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 128.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-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

7.56%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon HD 5970's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating468
Value for money0.82
ArchitectureTeraScale 2 (2009−2015)
GPU code nameHemlock
Market segmentDesktop
Release date18 November 2009 (12 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$699
Price now$69 (0.1x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon HD 5970's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base 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 / CUDA cores1600of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed725 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors2,154 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology40 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)294 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate58.00of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance2x 2,320.0 gflopsof 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).

InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
Length305 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount1 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed4000 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth128.0 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 5970. 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 Connectors2x DVI, 1x mini-DisplayPort

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 5970, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX11.2 (11_0)
Shader Model5.0
OpenGL4.4of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.2
VulkanN/A

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon HD 5970. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

ATI HD 5970 7.56
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  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

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3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

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Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon HD 5970 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon HD 5970 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

The nearest Radeon HD 5970's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 460, which is faster by 2% and higher by 8 positions in our rating.

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