Radeon HD 5000 Series

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ATi Radeon HD 5000 Series
Release date September 10, 2009
Codename Evergreen
Architecture TeraScale 2
Transistors and fabrication process
  • 292M 40 nm (Cedar)
  • 627M 40 nm (Redwood)
  • 1.040B 40 nm (Juniper)
  • 2.154B 40 nm (Cypress)
Entry-level 5450
Mid-range 5670
High-end 5830
Enthusiast 5970
API support
Direct3D Direct3D 11.3
(feature level 11_0) [1]
Shader Model 5.0
OpenCL OpenCL 1.2 [2]
OpenGL OpenGL 4.5[3]
Predecessor Radeon HD 4000 series
Successor Radeon HD 6000 Series

The Evergreen series is a family of GPUs developed by Advanced Micro Devices for its Radeon line under the ATI brand name. It was employed in Radeon HD 5000 graphics card series and competed directly with Nvidia's GeForce 400 Series.


The existence was spotted on a presentation slide from AMD Technology Analyst Day July 2007 as "R8xx". AMD held a press event in the USS Hornet museum on September 10, 2009[4] and announced ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology and specifications of the Radeon HD 5800 series' variants. The first variants of the Radeon HD 5800 series were launched September 23, 2009, with the HD 5700 series launching October 12 and HD 5970 launching on November 18[5] The HD 5670, was launched on January 14, 2010, and the HD 5500 and 5400 series were launched in February 2010, completing what has appeared to be most of AMD's Evergreen GPU lineup.

Demand so greatly outweighed supply that more than two months after launch, many online retailers were still having trouble keeping the 5800 and 5900 series in stock.[6]


This article is about all products under the Radeon HD 5000 Series brand. TeraScale 2 was introduced with this.

Multi-monitor support[edit]

The on-die display controllers with the new brand name AMD Eyefinity were introduced with the Radeon HD 5000 Series. The entire HD 5000 series products have Eyefinity capabilities supporting three outputs. The Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity Edition, however, supports six mini DisplayPort outputs, all of which can be simultaneously active.

Display pipeline supports xvYCC gamut and 12-bit per component output via HDMI. HDMI 1.3a output. The previous generation Radeon R700 GPUs in the Radeon HD 4000 Series only support up to LPCM 7.1 audio and no bitstream output support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio audio formats to external decoders. This feature is now supported on Evergreen family GPUs. On Evergreen family GPUs, DisplayPort outputs on board are capable of 10-bit per component output,[7] and HDMI output is capable of 12-bit per component output.

Maximum output configurations for normal Radeon HD 5800/5700 series cards
Option 1 Active Active Inactive Active
Option 2 Active Inactive Active Active

Video acceleration[edit]

Unified Video Decoder (UVD2.2)[8] is present on the dies of all products and supported by AMD Catalyst 9.11 and later through DXVA 2.0 on Microsoft Windows and VDPAU on Linux and FreeBSD. The free and open-source graphics device driver#ATI/AMD also support UVD.

OpenCL (API)[edit]

OpenCL accelerates many scientific Software Packages against CPU up to factor 10 or 100 and more. Open CL 1.0 to 1.2 are supported for all Chips with Terascale 2 and 3.[9]

Desktop products[edit]

Model Launch Code name Fab (nm) Transistors (million) Die size (mm2) Bus interface Clock rate Core config[a] Fillrate Memory Processing power
TDP (Watts)[b] API support (version) Release Price (USD)
Core (MHz) Memory (MHz) Pixel (GP/s) Texture (GT/s) Size (MB) Bandwidth (GB/s) Bus type Bus width (bit) Single precision Double precision Idle Max. Direct3D OpenGL OpenCL Vulkan
Radeon HD 5450 Feb 4, 2010 Cedar PRO 40 292 59 PCIe 2.1 x16
PCIe 2.1 x1
80:8:4 2.6 5.2 512
64 104 N/A 6.4 19.1 11.3
4.5 1.2 N/A ~50
Radeon HD 5550 Feb 9, 2010 Redwood LE 627 104 PCIe 2.1 x16 550
320:16:8 4.4 8.8 12.8
128 352 10 39 ~70
Radeon HD 5570 Redwood PRO 650
400:20:8 5.2 13.0 12.8
520 80
Radeon HD 5610 May 14, 2011 650 500 1024 16.0 GDDR3
Radeon HD 5670 Jan 14, 2010 Redwood XT 775
6.2 15.5 512
620 15 64 99
Radeon HD 5750 Oct 13, 2009 Juniper PRO 1040 170 700
720:36:16 11.2 25.2 512
73.6 GDDR5 1008 16 86 129
Radeon HD 5770 Juniper XT 850
800:40:16 13.6 34.0 76.8 1360 18 108 159
Radeon HD 5830 Feb 25, 2010 Cypress LE 2154 334 800 1000 1120:56:16 12.8 44.8 1024 128.0 256 1792 358.4 25 175 239
Radeon HD 5850 Sep 30, 2009 Cypress PRO 725
1440:72:32 23.2 52.2 1024
2088 417.6 27 151 259
Radeon HD 5870 Sep 23, 2009 Cypress XT 850
1600:80:32 27.2 68.0 153.6 2720 544 188
Radeon HD 5870
Eyefinity Edition[c][10]
Mar 11, 2010 850 1200 2048 228 479
Radeon HD 5970 Nov 18, 2009 Hemlock XT 2154×2 334×2 725
1600:80:32×2 46.4 116.0 1024×2
128×2 256×2 4640 928 51 294 599
Model Launch Code name Fab (nm) Transistors (Million) Die Size (mm²) Bus interface Core (MHz) Memory (MHz) Core config[a] Pixel (GP/s) Texture (GT/s) Size (MB) Bandwidth (GB/s) Bus type Bus width (bit) Single Precision Double Precision Idle Max. Direct3D OpenGL OpenCL Vulkan Release Price (USD)
Clock rate Fillrate Memory> Processing power
TDP (W)[b] API support (version)
  1. ^ a b Unified Shaders : Texture Mapping Units : Render Output Units
  2. ^ a b The TDP is reference design TDP values from AMD. Different non-reference board designs from vendors may lead to slight variations in actual TDP.
  3. ^ All chips feature AMD Eyefinity, but the Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity Edition card also have six mini DisplayPort outputs, all of which can be simultaneously active.

Radeon HD 5900[edit]

ATI Radeon HD 5970

Codenamed Hemlock, the Radeon HD 5900 series was announced on October 12, 2009, starting with the HD 5970.[11] The Radeon HD 5900 series utilizes two Cypress graphics processors and a third-party PCI-E bridge. Similar to Radeon HD 4800 X2 series graphics cards; however, AMD has abandoned the use of X2 moniker for dual-GPU variants starting with Radeon HD 5900 series, making it the only series within the Evergreen GPU family to have two GPUs on one PCB.

Radeon HD 5800[edit]

Codenamed Cypress, the Radeon HD 5800 series was announced on September 23, 2009. Products included Radeon HD 5850 and Radeon HD 5870. The launching model of Radeon HD 5870 can support three display outputs at most, and one of these has to support DisplayPort. In terms of overall performance, the 5870 comes in between the GTX 470 and GTX 480 from rival company Nvidia, being closer to the GTX 480 than the GTX 470.[12] An Eyefinity 6 edition of Radeon HD 5870 was released, with 2 GiB GDDR5 memory, supporting six simultaneous displays, all to be connected to one of the mini DisplayPort outputs and all supporting this connection natively to not require additional hardware. The Radeon HD 5870 has 1600 usable shader processors, while the Radeon HD 5850 has 1,440 usable stream cores, as 160 out of the 1,600 total cores are disabled during product binning which detects potentially defective areas of the chip. A Radeon HD 5830 was released on February 25, 2010. The Radeon HD 5830 has 1,120 usable stream cores and a standard core clock of 800 MHz.

Radeon HD 5700[edit]

The codename for the 5700 GPU was Juniper and it was exactly half of Cypress. Half the shader engines, half the memory controllers, half the ROPs, half the TMUs, half everything. The 5750 had one shader engine disabled (of 10), so had 720 stream processors, while the 5770 had all ten enabled. Additionally, the 5750 ran at 700 MHz and a lower voltage, while the 5770 used more power, but ran at 850 MHz. Both cards were normally found with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, but 512 MB variants did exist, performance suffering somewhat.

Radeon HD 5600[edit]

Codenamed Redwood XT, the 5600 series has all five of Redwood's shader engines enabled. As each of them has 80 VLIW-5 units, this gave it 400 stream processors. Reference clocks were 775 MHz for all 5600s, while memory clocks varied between OEMs, as did the use of DDR3 and GDDR5 memory, the latter being twice as fast.

Radeon HD 5500[edit]

A low-profile HD 5570 card

The Radeon HD 5570 was released on February 9, 2010, using the Redwood XT GPU as seen in the 5600 series. At first release was limited to DDR3 memory, but later, ATI added support for GDDR5 memory. One more variant, with only 320 stream cores, is available and Radeon HD 5550 was suggested as the product name. 5570s and 5550s were available with GDDR5, GDDR3 and DDR2 memory. The 5550 variant disabled one shader engine, so had only 320 stream processors (4 engines, 80 VLIW-5 units each).

All reference board designs of the Radeon HD 5500 series are half-height, making them suitable for a low profile form factor chassis.

Radeon HD 5400[edit]

A Radeon HD 5450 by Sapphire Technology

Codenamed Cedar,[13] the Radeon HD 5400 series was announced on February 4, 2010, starting with the HD 5450. The Radeon HD 5450 has 80 stream cores, a core clock of 650 MHz, and 800 MHz DDR2 or DDR3 memory. The 5400 series is designed to assume a low-profile card size.

Mobile products[edit]

Graphics device drivers[edit]

AMD's proprietary graphics device driver "Catalyst"[edit]

AMD Catalyst is being developed for Microsoft Windows and Linux. As of July 2014, other operating systems are not officially supported. This may be different for the AMD FirePro brand, which is based on identical hardware but features OpenGL-certified graphics device drivers.

AMD Catalyst supports of course all features advertised for the Radeon brand.

Free and open-source graphics device driver "Radeon"[edit]

The free and open-source drivers are primarily developed on Linux and for Linux, but have been ported to other operating systems as well. On HD5000, the driver using following six parts:

  1. Linux kernel component DRM
  2. Linux kernel component KMS driver: basically the device driver for the display controller in kernel, called "radeon".
  3. user-space component libDRM: basically one of 3d drivers. The HD5000 series are using the "r600g" driver.
  4. user-space component in Mesa 3D;
  5. a special and distinct 2D graphics device driver for X.Org Server; with this card, EXA is used instead of Glamor

The free and open-source "Radeon" graphics driver supports most of the features implemented into the Radeon line of GPUs.[14]

The free and open-source "Radeon" graphics device drivers are not reverse engineered, but based on documentation released by AMD.[15]

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