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

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

(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 is 144% quicker than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB in general, because of 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 is quite a bit (more or less 203%) faster with regards to 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 running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 512MB is a better choice, by far. (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 maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of 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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