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Radeon HD 3870 512MB vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 3870 512MB features core clock speeds of 775 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 50 Watts
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 106 Watts
Difference: 56 Watts (112%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 3870 512MB should theoretically be quite a bit better than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 28800 (100%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB is a lot (approximately 26%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 15600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3200 (26%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 3870 512MB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB 5200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7200 (138%)

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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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 Radeon HD 3870 512MB Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 February 2011
Code Name RV670 XT Turks
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 775 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 12400 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12400 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320(64x5) 480
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 40 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 715 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially 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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Radeon HD 3870 512MB

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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.

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