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Radeon HD 5850 vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 5850 has core speeds of 725 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1440(288x5) SPUs as well as 72 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which has a GPU core clock speed of 650 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 480 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 50 Watts
Radeon HD 5850 151 Watts
Difference: 101 Watts (202%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5850 should theoretically be quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 99200 (344%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5850 should be much (about 235%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 52200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 36600 (235%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5850 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 23200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 5200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 18000 (346%)

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

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Radeon HD 5850

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB

Amazon.com

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

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Model Radeon HD 5850 Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year September 30, 2009 February 2011
Code Name Cypress PRO Turks
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 725 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 151 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52200 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23200 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1440(288x5) 480
Texture Mapping Units 72 24
Render Output Units 32 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 2154 million 715 million
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1

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

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at 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 write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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