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Radeon HD 3870 512MB vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 3870 512MB uses a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 775 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB, which comes with GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 480 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 50 Watts
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 106 Watts
Difference: 56 Watts (112%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB should be a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 64000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB will be quite a bit (more or less 26%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 15600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3200 (26%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 3870 512MB is a lot (approximately 138%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB, and should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon HD 3870 512MB 12400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 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) 2GB
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 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 106 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 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 GDDR5
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 maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output 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 get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 3870 512MB

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Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB

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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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