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Radeon HD 5850 vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 5850 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 725 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific model. It features 1440(288x5) SPUs as well as 72 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB, which has a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit 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) 2GB 50 Watts
Radeon HD 5850 151 Watts
Difference: 101 Watts (202%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 5850 is 100% faster than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 128000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 64000 (100%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5850 is quite a bit (more or less 235%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 52200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 36600 (235%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 5850 should be quite a bit (more or less 346%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon HD 5850 23200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 5200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 18000 (346%)

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

Radeon HD 5850

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Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB

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Specifications

Model Radeon HD 5850 Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year September 30, 2009 February 2011
Code Name Cypress PRO Turks
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 725 MHz 650 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 1440(288x5) 480
Texture Mapping Units 72 24
Render Output Units 32 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 151 watts 50 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 52200 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 23200 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied 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 video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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