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GeForce GTS 250 512MB vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB comes with a clock speed of 738 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 1100 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all 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 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 50 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 145 Watts
Difference: 95 Watts (190%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTS 250 512MB should be 144% quicker than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 512MB 70400 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 41600 (144%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB should be much (approximately 203%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 512MB 47232 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31632 (203%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 512MB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 512MB 11808 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 5200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6608 (127%)

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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GeForce GTS 250 512MB

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 GeForce GTS 250 512MB Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 February 2011
Code Name G92a/b Turks
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 480
Texture Mapping Units 64 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 715 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the 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 can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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