Radeon RX 480 vs Radeon HD 5970

Radeon RX 480
Memory: 8192Mb GDDR5 DESKTOP
Release date: 29 Jun 2016
Radeon RX 480

Radeon HD 5970
Memory: 1024Mb GDDR5 DESKTOP
Release date: 18 Nov 2009
Radeon HD 5970

Summary

Synthetic performance index

  • Radeon RX 480
    248%
  • Radeon HD 5970
    100%

Relative performance

Reasons to consider Radeon RX 480

144 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.
Around 148% higher average synthetic performance.
Supports Direct3D 12 Async Compute.
Supports FreeSync.
Supports ReLive (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty).
Supports TrueAudio.

Reasons to consider Radeon HD 5970

Based on an outdated architecture (ATI TeraScale), there are no performance optimizations for current games and applications.

Radeon RX 480

HWBench recommends Radeon RX 480

Based on game and synthetic benchmarks, and theoretical specifications.

Specifications

Core Configuration

Radeon RX 480 Radeon HD 5970
GPU Name Ellesmere (Ellesmere XT) vs Hemlock (Hemlock XT)
Fab Process 14 nm vs 40 nm
Die Size 232 mm² vs 334 mm²
Transistors 5,700 million vs 2,154 million
Shaders 2304 vs 1600
Compute Units 36 vs 20
Core clock 1120 MHz vs 725 MHz
ROPs 32 vs 32
TMUs 144 vs 80

Memory Configuration

Radeon RX 480 Radeon HD 5970
Memory Type GDDR5 vs GDDR5
Bus Width 256 bit vs 256 bit x2
Memory Speed 2000 MHz
8000 MHz effective
vs 1000 MHz
4000 MHz effective
Memory Size 8192 Mb vs 1024 Mb

Additional details

Radeon RX 480 Radeon HD 5970
TDP 150 watts vs 294 watts
Release Date 29 Jun 2016 vs 18 Nov 2009

Raw Performance comparison

Pixel Rate

  • Radeon RX 480
    40.50 GP/s
  • Radeon HD 5970
    46.40 GP/s

GigaPixels - higher is better

Texel Rate

  • Radeon RX 480
    182.30 GT/s
  • Radeon HD 5970
    116.00 GT/s

GigaTexels - higher is better

Memory bandwidth

  • Radeon RX 480
    256.00 GB/s
  • Radeon HD 5970
    256.00 GB/s

GB/s - higher is better

Single precision performance

  • Radeon RX 480
    5834.00 GFLOPs
  • Radeon HD 5970
    4640.00 GFLOPs

GFLOPs - higher is better


Synthetic benchmarks

3DMark 11

  • Radeon RX 480
    18430
  • Radeon HD 5970
    7410

Points (higher is better)