Radeon HD 5970 vs Radeon R7 240

Radeon HD 5970
Memory: 1024Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 18 Nov 2009
Radeon HD 5970
Radeon R7 240
Memory: 2048Mb DDR3DESKTOP
Release date: 8 Oct 2013
Radeon R7 240


Reasons to consider Radeon HD 5970

Higher theoretical gaming performance, based on specifications.
Based on an outdated architecture (ATI TeraScale), there are no performance optimizations for current games and applications.

Reasons to consider Radeon R7 240

264 watts lower power draw. This might be a strong point if your current power supply is not enough to handle the Radeon HD 5970 .
This is a much newer product, it might have better long term support.
Supports Direct3D 12 Async Compute.
Supports ReLive (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty).
Supports Mantle.

Radeon HD 5970

HWBench recommends Radeon HD 5970

Based on theoretical specifications.


Core Configuration

Radeon HD 5970Radeon R7 240
GPU NameHemlock (Hemlock XT)vsOland (Oland PRO)
Fab Process40 nmvs28 nm
Die Size334 mm²vs90 mm²
Transistors2,154 millionvs1,040 million
Compute Units20vs5
Core clock725 MHzvs730 MHz

Memory Configuration

Radeon HD 5970Radeon R7 240
Memory TypeGDDR5vsDDR3
Bus Width256 bit x2vs128 bit
Memory Speed1000 MHz
4000 MHz effective
vs900 MHz
1800 MHz effective
Memory Size1024 Mbvs2048 Mb

Additional details

Radeon HD 5970Radeon R7 240
TDP294 wattsvs30 watts
Release Date18 Nov 2009vs8 Oct 2013

Raw Performance comparison

Pixel Rate

  • Radeon HD 5970
    46.40 GP/s
  • Radeon R7 240
    5.84 GP/s

GigaPixels - higher is better

Texel Rate

  • Radeon HD 5970
    116.00 GT/s
  • Radeon R7 240
    14.60 GT/s

GigaTexels - higher is better

Memory bandwidth

  • Radeon HD 5970
    256.00 GB/s
  • Radeon R7 240
    28.80 GB/s

GB/s - higher is better

Single precision performance

  • Radeon HD 5970
    4640.00 GFLOPs
  • Radeon R7 240
    467.20 GFLOPs

GFLOPs - higher is better