AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire vs RX 5500M

AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
AMD Radeon RX 5500M

General info

Comparison of Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon RX 5500M architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
GCN
 
RDNA 1.0
Code name
Neptune CF
 
Navi 14
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
1 May 2012
 
7 October 2019

Technical specs

Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon RX 5500M'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 8970M Crossfire and Radeon RX 5500M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2560
 
1408
Core clock speed
850 MHz
 
1327 MHz
Boost Clock
900 MHz
 
1645 MHz
Transistor count
n/d
 
6,400 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
7 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
200 Watt
 
n/d

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon RX 5500M compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.
Laptop size
large
 
medium sized
Interface
n/d
 
PCIe 4.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
n/d
 
None

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon RX 5500M: 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
 
GDDR6
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
4800 MHz
 
14000 MHz
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon RX 5500M.
Display Connectors
n/d
 
No outputs

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon RX 5500M. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
HDMI 2.0b
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon RX 5500M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 11.1, Shader 5.0
 
12.0 (12_1)
OpenGL
n/d
 
4.6

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon RX 5500M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

HD 8970M Crossfire 39.07 +10%
RX 5500M 35.51

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

HD 8970M Crossfire 269832 +25.7%
RX 5500M 214666

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

HD 8970M Crossfire 70114 +48.7%
RX 5500M 47166

3DMark Fire Strike Score

HD 8970M Crossfire 8145
RX 5500M 9963 +22.3%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

HD 8970M Crossfire 10354
RX 5500M 11754 +13.5%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

HD 8970M Crossfire 12424
RX 5500M 17668 +42.2%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire and Radeon RX 5500M are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire

10% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (2560 vs 1408)

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 5500M

Much newer (7 October 2019 vs 1 May 2012)
Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 28 nm)
DisplayPort 1.4 w/DFSC
HDMI 2.0b
Radeon Media Engine (H.264 4K150 decode, 4K90 encode / H.265 4K90 decode, 4K60 encode / VP9 4K90 decode)

So, HD 8970M Crossfire or RX 5500M?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire.
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