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

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB features a GPU clock speed of 738 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 128 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 480 SPUs along with 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
GeForce GTS 250 512MB 145 Watts
Difference: 95 Watts (190%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTS 250 512MB should be much faster than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB overall. (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 will be much (approximately 203%) more effective at texture 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

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB should be a lot (about 127%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, and also able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

GeForce GTS 250 512MB

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Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTS 250 512MB Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 3, 2009 February 2011
Code Name G92a/b Turks
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 650 MHz
Shader Speed 1836 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1100 MHz (2200 MHz effective) 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 128 480
Texture Mapping Units 64 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 50 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 47232 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 11808 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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 of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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