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

Intro

The Radeon HD 5570 has a GPU clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR3 RAM runs at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 400(80x5) SPUs, 20 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which features a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 480 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation 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 the exact same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB should be a bit (approximately 20%) more effective 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 the exact same pixel fill rate, so in theory they should perform equally good at at AA, and be capable of handling the same 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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