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Ati Radeon Hd 5870 Vs 5970

I'm here today to compare the ATI Radeon HD 5870 with the 5970, the two most powerful graphics cards on the planet (best out there. NVIDIA can't even compete with these two cards). First though, I will not be including the ATI Radeon HD 5870 EyeFinity 6 Edition because just to tell you, never use six monitors. There's a huge bezel from the two displays separating the top row from the bottom and it's horrible for shooting games. It may be OK for racing but never for shooting. Anyways, I'll stop chit-chatting and give you the specifications on both of the Graphic Processing Units.

Please note that I take the specifications directly from the site so don't expect the all the cards out there to be the same.

ATI Radeon 5970



* Dual GPUs with a total of 4.3 billion 40nm transistors
* TeraScale 2 Unified Processing Architecture
o 3200 Stream Processing Units
o 160 Texture Units
o 256 Z/Stencil ROP Units
o 64 Color ROP Units
* GDDR5 memory interface
* PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface
* DirectX 11 support
o Shader Model 5.0
o DirectCompute 11
o Programmable hardware tessellation unit
o Accelerated multi-threading
o HDR texture compression
o Order-independent transparency
* OpenGL 3.2 support1
* Image quality enhancement technology
o Up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing modes
o Adaptive anti-aliasing
o Super AA
o 16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering
o 128-bit floating point HDR rendering
* ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology2,3
o Three independent display controllers
+ Drive three displays simultaneously with independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls, and video overlays
o Display grouping
+ Combine multiple displays to behave like a single large display
* ATI Stream acceleration technology
o OpenCL support14
o DirectCompute 11
o Double precision floating point processing support
o Accelerated video encoding, transcoding, and upscaling4,5
+ Native support for common video encoding instructions
* ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology6
o Dual card performance scaling
* ATI Avivo™ HD video & display technology7
o UVD 2 dedicated video playback accelerator
o Advanced post-processing and scaling8
o Dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction
o Brighter whites processing (blue stretch)
o Independent video gamma control
o Dynamic video range control
o Support for H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2
o Dual-stream 1080p playback support9,10
o DXVA 1.0 & 2.0 support
o Integrated dual-link DVI output with HDCP11
+ Max resolution: 2560x160012
o Integrated DisplayPort output
+ Max resolution: 2560x160012
o Integrated HDMI 1.3 output with Deep Color, xvYCC wide gamut support, and high bit-rate audio
+ Max resolution: 1920x120012
o Integrated VGA output
+ Max resolution: 2048x153612
o 3D stereoscopic display/glasses support13
o Integrated HD audio controller
+ Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
+ Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats
* ATI PowerPlay™ power management technology7
o Dynamic power management with low power idle state
o Ultra-low power state support for single and multi-board configurations
* Certified drivers for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP

Speeds & Feeds

* Engine clock speed: 725 MHz
* Processing power (single precision): 4.64 TeraFLOPS
* Processing power (double precision): 928 GigaFLOPS
* Polygon throughput: 1.45 billion polygons/sec
* Data fetch rate (32-bit): 464 billion fetches/sec
* Texel fill rate (bilinear filtered): 116 Gigatexels/sec
* Pixel fill rate: 46.4 Gigapixels/sec
* Anti-aliased pixel fill rate: 185.6 Gigasamples/sec
* Memory clock speed: 1.0 GHz
* Memory data rate: 4.0 Gbps
* Memory bandwidth: 256.0 GB/sec
* Maximum board power: 294 Watts
* Idle board power: 51 Watts

ATI Radeon 5870



* 2.15 billion 40nm transistors
* TeraScale 2 Unified Processing Architecture
o 1600 Stream Processing Units
o 80 Texture Units
o 128 Z/Stencil ROP Units
o 32 Color ROP Units
* GDDR5 interface with 153.6 GB/sec of memory bandwidth
* PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface
* DirectX® 11 support
o Shader Model 5.0
o DirectCompute 11
o Programmable hardware tessellation unit
o Accelerated multi-threading
o HDR texture compression
o Order-independent transparency
* OpenGL 3.2 support1
* Image quality enhancement technology
o Up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing modes
o Adaptive anti-aliasing
o 16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering
o 128-bit floating point HDR rendering
* ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology2,3
o Three independent display controllers
+ Drive three displays simultaneously with independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls, and video overlays
o Display grouping
+ Combine multiple displays to behave like a single large display
* ATI Stream acceleration technology
o OpenCL support14
o DirectCompute 11
o Double precision floating point processing support
o Accelerated video encoding, transcoding, and upscaling4,5
+ Native support for common video encoding instructions
* ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology6
o Dual, triple, and quad GPU scaling
o Dual-channel bridge interconnect
* ATI Avivo HD Video & Display technology7
o UVD 2 dedicated video playback accelerator
o Advanced post-processing and scaling8
o Dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction
o Brighter whites processing (blue stretch)
o Independent video gamma control
o Dynamic video range control
o Support for H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2
o Dual-stream 1080p playback support9,10
o DXVA 1.0 & 2.0 support
o Integrated dual-link DVI output with HDCP11
+ Max resolution: 2560x160012
o Integrated DisplayPort output
+ Max resolution: 2560x160012
o Integrated HDMI 1.3 output with Deep Color, xvYCC wide gamut support, and high bit-rate audio
+ Max resolution: 1920x120012
o Integrated VGA output
+ Max resolution: 2048x153612
o 3D stereoscopic display/glasses support13
o Integrated HD audio controller
+ Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
+ Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats
* ATI PowerPlay™ power management technology7
o Dynamic power management with low power idle state
o Ultra-low power state support for multi-GPU configurations
* Certified drivers for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP

Speeds & Feeds

* Engine clock speed: 850 MHz
* Processing power (single precision): 2.72 TeraFLOPS
* Processing power (double precision): 544 GigaFLOPS
* Polygon throughput: 850M polygons/sec
* Data fetch rate (32-bit): 272 billion fetches/sec
* Texel fill rate (bilinear filtered): 68 Gigatexels/sec
* Pixel fill rate: 27.2 Gigapixels/sec
* Anti-aliased pixel fill rate: 108.8 Gigasamples/sec
* Memory clock speed: 1.2 GHz
* Memory data rate: 4.8 Gbps
* Memory bandwidth: 153.6 GB/sec
* Maximum board power: 188 Watts
* Idle board power: 27 Watts

I don't have any tests but I hope this site will help.

http://wccftech.com/2009/11/17/ati-r...0-radeon-5870/

I know this site may encourage you to get a 5970 for speed and a 5870 standard for power but if you want a 5870, get the EyeFinity 6 Edition because it uses all Mini DisplayPort and is a little more powerful and faster but if you don't think the extra money is worth it, get the standard. Also, does anybody know when they're going to release the Eyefinity 6 Edition of the 5970 or are they just going to make a new series like the 5990 with Eyefinity 6?

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