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

Intro

The Radeon HD 5850 features clock speeds of 725 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1440(288x5) SPUs along with 72 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 5850 should be 344% faster than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5850 is a lot (approximately 235%) more effective at texture 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5850 is the winner, and very much so. (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

Radeon HD 5850

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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 5850 Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year September 30, 2009 February 2011
Code Name Cypress PRO Turks
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 725 MHz 650 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective)
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
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 151 watts 50 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52200 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23200 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one 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 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 most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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