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Radeon HD 5570 vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 5570 features a clock speed of 650 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 400(80x5) SPUs, 20 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5570 43 Watts
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 50 Watts
Difference: 7 Watts (16%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB will be a little bit (more or less 20%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 5570. (explain)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 15600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5570 13000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2600 (20%)

Pixel Rate

Both cards have exactly the same pixel fill rate, so theoretically they should be equally good at at AA, and be capable of handling the same screen resolutions. (explain)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

Radeon HD 5570

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Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

Model Radeon HD 5570 Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 9, 2010 February 2011
Code Name Redwood PRO Turks
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 650 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 400(80x5) 480
Texture Mapping Units 20 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 43 watts 50 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 13000 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5200 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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