ATI Radeon HD 5970 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 SE

Price now 69$
Games supported 66%
ATI Radeon HD 5970
ATI Radeon HD 5970
  • 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
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 736 MHz
  • Max video memory 1024 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 3828 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 688$
Games supported 66%

General info

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

Place in performance rating476497
Value for money0.820.32
ArchitectureTeraScale 2 (2009−2015)Fermi 2.0 (2010−2014)
GPU code nameHemlockGF114
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date18 November 2009 (12 years ago)20 February 2012 (10 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$699 $89.99
Current price$69 (0.1x MSRP)$688 (7.6x MSRP)
Value for money

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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 cores1600288
Core clock speed725 MHz736 MHz
Number of transistors2,154 million1,950 million
Manufacturing process technology40 nm40 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)294 Watt150 Watt
Texture fill rate58.0035.33
Floating-point performance2x 2,320.0 gflops847.9 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on 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 x16PCIe 2.0 x16
Length305 mm210 mm
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin2x 6-pin


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 typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount1 GB1 GB
Memory bus width256 Bit192 Bit
Memory clock speed4000 MHz3828 MHz
Memory bandwidth128.0 GB/s91.87 GB/s

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 Connectors2x DVI, 1x mini-DisplayPort2x DVI, 1x mini-HDMI
HDMIno data+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX11.2 (11_0)12 (11_0)
Shader Model5.05.1
CUDAno data2.1

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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 7.57
GTX 560 SE 6.77
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

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: 26%

ATI HD 5970 2243
GTX 560 SE 2006

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%

ATI HD 5970 3690
GTX 560 SE 2400

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 5970 and GeForce GTX 560 SE. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) no data 54 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Popular games

Advantages and disadvantages

Performance rating 7.57 6.77
Novelty 18 November 2009 20 February 2012
Cost $699 $89.99
Memory bus width 256 192
Pipelines / CUDA cores 1600 288
Memory bandwidth 128 91.87
Thermal design power (TDP) 294 Watt 150 Watt

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

ATI Radeon HD 5970
ATI Radeon HD 5970

since it shows better performance.

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Competitors of Radeon HD 5970 by NVIDIA

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.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 GeForce GTX 460

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Competitors of GeForce GTX 560 SE by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 560 SE from AMD is Radeon HD 5850, which is slower by 1% and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

ATI Radeon HD 5850 Radeon HD 5850

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 560 SE:

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