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

Intro

The GeForce GTS 250 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this particular card. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which features a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 480 SPUs, 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 speaking, the GeForce GTS 250 512MB should be 144% faster than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (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 (about 203%) faster with regards to AF 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 running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 512MB is superior to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, and very much so. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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