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

Intro

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

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, 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 exactly the same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB is just a bit (about 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 rate, so theoretically they should perform equally good at at full screen anti-aliasing, 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 largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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