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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 280X Crossfire Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire
Cyberpunk 2077 5% 66%
Hitman 3 36% 116%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 4% 52%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 7% 47%
FIFA 21 47% 16%
Grand Theft Auto VI 47% 134%
Far Cry 6 52% 140%
Genshin Impact 5% 66%
Battlefield 6 36% 116%
Resident Evil 8 5% 66%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 280X Crossfire are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire.

The R9 280X has a 125 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5970, but the HD 5970 has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 280X. As a result, the HD 5970 exhibits a 14.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R9 280X. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 280X has a 125 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 5970, but the HD 5970 has 64 more Render Output Units than the R9 280X. As a result, the HD 5970 exhibits a 38.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R9 280X. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 280X was released over three years more recently than the HD 5970, and so the R9 280X is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 5970 when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The R9 280X has 2048 MB more video memory than the HD 5970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 280X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 280X has 64 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 5970, which means that the memory performance of the R9 280X is much better than the HD 5970.

The Radeon R9 280X Crossfire has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire has 6400. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5970 is 3016. The R9 280X having 1080 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 280X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 5970.

The R9 280X transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5970. This means that the R9 280X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5970.

The Radeon R9 280X Crossfire requires 550 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire requires 588 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 1000 Watts for the R9 280X and a PSU with at least 850 Watts for the HD 5970. The HD 5970 requires 38 Watts more than the R9 280X to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 5970 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R9 280X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs725 MHz
Boost Clock1000 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Tahiti XTL (x2)Hemlock XT
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Oct 2013vs01 Nov 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900 - vs green tick
10
1920x1080
10
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8.3
2560x1440 - vs green tick
5.8
3840x2160 - vs green tick
3.9

GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs1024 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth576GB/secvs512GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs6400
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs320
Texture Rate217.6 GTexel/svs232 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs128
Pixel Rate54.4 GPixel/svs92.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power550 Wattsvs588 Watts
Recommended PSU1000 Watts & 42 Ampsvs850 Watts & 71 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX11.2vs11
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-975 Quad 3.33GHz Extreme
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R9 280X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 280X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 280X to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to 60% better than a single Radeon R9 280X performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single Radeon R9 280X. Expect this combination to draw up to 550 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon HD 5970 put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon HD 5970 to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is only up to 12% better than a single Radeon HD 5970 performing by itself but it might be worse (depending on whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) than a single Radeon HD 5970. Expect this combination to draw up to 588 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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