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 13.54 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile.

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 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Core clock speed
725 MHz
 
Transistor count
2,154 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
of 7
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 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
4000 MHz
 
Memory bandwidth
2x 128.0 GB / s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)

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

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

13.54

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

3690

Passmark

2605

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.

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 660 OEM, which is slower by 1% and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

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