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Radeon HD 3850 512MB vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB

Intro

The Radeon HD 3850 512MB comes with a GPU clock speed of 668 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 828 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 320(64x5) SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB, which comes with clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 480 SPUs as well as 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 3850 512MB 75 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB should be 21% faster than the Radeon HD 3850 512MB overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 64000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 52992 MB/sec
Difference: 11008 (21%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB will be much (about 46%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 3850 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 15600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3850 512MB 10688 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4912 (46%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 3850 512MB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 3850 512MB 10688 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 5200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5488 (106%)

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 3850 512MB Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year Nov 19, 2007 February 2011
Code Name RV670 PRO Turks
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 668 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1656 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 52992 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10688 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10688 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 information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon HD 3850 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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