Radeon HD 5870 

Released November, 2009
  • 875 MHz
  • 1 GB GDDR5
6.8 Out of 10

Desktop157 MHz300 MHz0.95 VBlu-Ray Playback400 MHz900 MHz1.03 V3D Load875 MHz1225 MHz1.18 V AMD includes their own overclocking utility with Catalyst Control Center.
by techPowerUp! (Apr, 2010)
Desktop157 MHz300 MHz1.06 VBlu-Ray Playback400 MHz800 MHz1.11 V3D Load894 MHz1200 MHz1.24 V AMD includes their own overclocking utility with Catalyst Control Center.
by techPowerUp! (May, 2010)

GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon HD 5870 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Radeon HD 5870
n.d.
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

Radeon HD 5870
7.3
T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Radeon HD 5870
6.1
Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Radeon HD 5870
7.3
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Radeon HD 5870
n.d.
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

Radeon HD 5870
7.0
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

6.8

Overall Score

Radeon HD 5870
6.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon HD 5870

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
142.43 mHash/s
Radeon HD 6870
184.67 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
17.13 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 6870
14.5 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
1,338.68 frames/s
Radeon HD 6870
1,120.71 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
3,358.57
Radeon HD 6870
3,359.44

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 5870
3,272.36
Radeon HD 6870
3,389.91

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon HD 5870
32.61

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon HD 5870
200.82

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Radeon HD 5870
18.31

Reviews Word on the street for the Radeon HD 5870


8.8
For overclockers, the Matrix Platinum is a treat when it comes to out of the box overclock, headroom to overclock further, and all the features that help.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

You have to manually increase the clocks and observe the framerate until you find the point where performance drops.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2009)
At resolutions lower than 1900 x 1200, 2 GB has very little performance benefits.
by techPowerUp! (May, 2010)
Crossfire dual, triple and quad configurations are supported to improve performance even further.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2009)

Gaming

8.9The HIS HD 5870 iCooler V Turbo is a rock solid card that can play every game you throw at it, at resolutions up to 1920x1200, with highest details settings, and some anti-aliasing eyecandy.
by techPowerUp! (Apr, 2010)
Even considering the $20 value of the game, the card feels still a bit too expensive.
by techPowerUp! (Apr, 2010)
I also would like to applaud HIS for their bundled game choice.
by techPowerUp! (Apr, 2010)

Applications

Overall this is a nice choice of added features and the software is reasonably easy to use.
by techPowerUp! (May, 2010)
GPU voltage is managed by a UP6225 voltage controller, which supports I2C software voltage control up to 1.85 V. MSI's Afterburner lets you adjust the GPU voltage up to 1.35V. Unfortunately you can only change GPU voltage via software, adjusting the other voltages requires a hard mod via soldering.
by techPowerUp! (Mar, 2010)
ATI Eyefinity setups, where the GPU has to draw three different display outputs, the extra memory does come handy in some games.
by techPowerUp! (May, 2010)

Displays

In addition to that you can monitor all the voltages available on the voltage measuring points and the power draw of individual components.
by techPowerUp! (May, 2010)
The next GPU-Z version will also be able to monitor voltages and current on this controller.
by techPowerUp! (Mar, 2010)
Now the flicker is so short that it can be hidden between the monitor refresh intervals, enabling downlocking of GDDR5 in idle.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2009)

Range

They are high-end cards and that itself comes with a price premium.
by techPowerUp! (Sep, 2009)
The ASUS EAH 5870 DirectCu is quiet for example, and the leader in the quiet high-end segment is clearly the PowerColor HD 5870 PCS.
by techPowerUp! (May, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GPU brand ATI
GPU name Cypress
Market Desktop
Clock speed 875 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card ATi Radeon HD 5870 850 MHz 1 GB

raw performance

Shading units 1,600
Texture mapping units 80
Render output processors 32
Compute units 20
Pixel rate 28 GPixel/s
Texture rate 70 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 2,800 GFLOPS

memory

Memory clock speed 1,250 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,000 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit
Memory 1,024 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 160 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 188W
Idle noise level 42.4 dB
Load noise level 53.8 dB
Idle power consumption 123W
Load power consumption 352W
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