AMD Radeon HD 6870 vs ATI HD 5850

AMD Radeon HD 6870
ATI Radeon HD 5850

General info

Comparison of Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 5850 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
Value for money (0-100)
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Terascale 2
Terascale 2
Code name
RV940 Barts
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Release date
22 October 2010
30 September 2009
Launch price (MSRP)
Price now
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Technical specs

Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 5850'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 6870 and Radeon HD 5850's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Core clock speed
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725 MHz
Boost Clock
900 MHz
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Transistor count
1,700 million
2,154 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
40 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
151 Watt
151 Watt
Texture fill rate
50.4 GTexel / s
52.2 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
2,016.0 gflops
2,088.0 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 5850 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).
Bus support
PCIe 2.0 x16
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PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe 2.0 x16
220 mm
241 mm
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pin
2x 6-pin


Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 5850: 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
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
1 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
1050 MHz
2000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
134.4 GB / s
128.0 GB / s
Shared memory
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Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 5850.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort


Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 5850. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 5850, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX® 11

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 5850. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

HD 6870 5.62 +0.5%
ATI HD 5850 5.59

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

HD 6870 4218 +24%
ATI HD 5850 3401

3DMark Vantage Performance

HD 6870 17773 +34%
ATI HD 5850 13267


HD 6870 2137 +2.9%
ATI HD 5850 2076

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 5850. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
213 Mh/s
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 5850 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 6870

0.5% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (22 October 2010 vs 30 September 2009)
Cheaper ($239 vs $299)
Higher memory bandwidth (134.4 vs 128 GB/s)

Advantages of ATI Radeon HD 5850

More pipelines (1440 vs 1120)

So, HD 6870 or HD 5850?

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