Radeon RX 580 vs Radeon HD 5870

Radeon RX 580
Memory: 8192Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 1 Apr 2017
Radeon RX 580
Radeon HD 5870
Memory: 1024Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 23 Sep 2009
Radeon HD 5870


Reasons to consider Radeon RX 580

This is a much newer product, it might have better long term support.
Higher theoretical gaming performance, based on specifications.
Supports Direct3D 12 Async Compute.
Supports FreeSync.
Supports ReLive (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty).
Supports TrueAudio.

Reasons to consider Radeon HD 5870

Based on an outdated architecture (ATI TeraScale), there are no performance optimizations for current games and applications.

Radeon RX 580

HWBench recommends Radeon RX 580

Based on theoretical specifications.


Core Configuration

Radeon RX 580Radeon HD 5870
GPU NameEllesmere (Ellesmere XT)vsCypress (Cypress XT)
Fab Process14 nmvs40 nm
Die Size232 mm²vs334 mm²
Transistors5,700 millionvs2,154 million
Compute Units36vs20
Core clock1120 MHzvs850 MHz

Memory Configuration

Radeon RX 580Radeon HD 5870
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Bus Width256 bitvs256 bit
Memory Speed2000 MHz
8000 MHz effective
vs1200 MHz
4800 MHz effective
Memory Size8192 Mbvs1024 Mb

Additional details

Radeon RX 580Radeon HD 5870
TDP150 wattsvs188 watts
Release Date1 Apr 2017vs23 Sep 2009

Raw Performance comparison

Pixel Rate

  • Radeon RX 580
    40.50 GP/s
  • Radeon HD 5870
    27.20 GP/s

GigaPixels - higher is better

Texel Rate

  • Radeon RX 580
    182.30 GT/s
  • Radeon HD 5870
    68.00 GT/s

GigaTexels - higher is better

Memory bandwidth

  • Radeon RX 580
    256.00 GB/s
  • Radeon HD 5870
    154.00 GB/s

GB/s - higher is better

Single precision performance

  • Radeon RX 580
    5834.00 GFLOPs
  • Radeon HD 5870
    2720.00 GFLOPs

GFLOPs - higher is better