Radeon Vega 8 vs Radeon HD 5970

Radeon Vega 8
Memory: 0Mb System SharedDESKTOP
Release date: 13 Feb 2018
Radeon Vega 8
Radeon HD 5970
Memory: 1024Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 18 Nov 2009
Radeon HD 5970


Reasons to consider Radeon Vega 8

229 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 FreeSync.
Supports ReLive (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty).
Supports TrueAudio.

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Based on an outdated architecture (ATI TeraScale), there are no performance optimizations for current games and applications.

Radeon HD 5970

HWBench recommends Radeon HD 5970

Based on theoretical specifications.


Core Configuration

Radeon Vega 8Radeon HD 5970
GPU NameRaven Ridge ()vsHemlock (Hemlock XT)
Fab Process14 nmvs40 nm
Die Size210 mm²vs334 mm²
Transistors4,940 millionvs2,154 million
Compute Units8vs20
Core clock300 MHzvs725 MHz

Memory Configuration

Radeon Vega 8Radeon HD 5970
Memory TypeSystem SharedvsGDDR5
Bus WidthSystem Sharedvs256 bit x2
Memory SpeedSystem Sharedvs1000 MHz
4000 MHz effective
Memory Size0 Mbvs1024 Mb

Additional details

Radeon Vega 8Radeon HD 5970
TDP65 wattsvs294 watts
Release Date13 Feb 2018vs18 Nov 2009

Raw Performance comparison

Pixel Rate

  • Radeon Vega 8
    17.60 GP/s
  • Radeon HD 5970
    46.40 GP/s

GigaPixels - higher is better

Texel Rate

  • Radeon Vega 8
    35.20 GT/s
  • Radeon HD 5970
    116.00 GT/s

GigaTexels - higher is better

Memory bandwidth

  • Radeon Vega 8
    0.00 GB/s
  • Radeon HD 5970
    256.00 GB/s

GB/s - higher is better

Single precision performance

  • Radeon Vega 8
    1126.00 GFLOPs
  • Radeon HD 5970
    4640.00 GFLOPs

GFLOPs - higher is better