Radeon RX 480 vs Radeon HD 5970

Radeon RX 480
Memory: 8192Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 29 Jun 2016
Radeon RX 480
Radeon HD 5970
Memory: 1024Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 18 Nov 2009
Radeon HD 5970


Synthetic performance index

  • Radeon RX 480
  • Radeon HD 5970

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Based on an outdated architecture (ATI TeraScale), there are no performance optimizations for current games and applications.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

The Radeon RX 480 is the better performing card based on the synthetic benchmarks used (1 benchmarks).


Core Configuration

Radeon RX 480Radeon HD 5970
GPU NameEllesmere (Ellesmere XT)vsHemlock (Hemlock XT)
Fab Process14 nmvs40 nm
Die Size232 mm²vs334 mm²
Transistors5,700 millionvs2,154 million
Compute Units36vs20
Core clock1120 MHzvs725 MHz

Memory Configuration

Radeon RX 480Radeon HD 5970
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Bus Width256 bitvs256 bit x2
Memory Speed2000 MHz
8000 MHz effective
vs1000 MHz
4000 MHz effective
Memory Size8192 Mbvs1024 Mb

Additional details

Radeon RX 480Radeon HD 5970
TDP150 wattsvs294 watts
Release Date29 Jun 2016vs18 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
  • Radeon HD 5970

Points (higher is better)