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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 features a core clock frequency of 607 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 837 MHz. It also features a 320-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 448 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB, which has a clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 480 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 50 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 165 Watts (330%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 470 should theoretically perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 69920 (109%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 will be much (more or less 118%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18392 (118%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 5200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 19080 (367%)

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 GTX 470

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Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB

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Specifications

Model GeForce GTX 470 Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2010 February 2011
Code Name GF100 Turks
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1280 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 650 MHz
Shader Speed 1215 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 837 MHz (3348 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 448 480
Texture Mapping Units 56 24
Render Output Units 40 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 50 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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