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Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB vs Radeon R7 250

Intro

The Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB has a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 250, which features core speeds of 1000 MHz on the GPU, and 1150 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 384 SPUs along with 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 R7 250 65 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (30%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R7 250 should be 15% faster than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R7 250 73600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (15%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 250 will be quite a bit (more or less 54%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB. (explain)

Radeon R7 250 24000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8400 (54%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 250 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R7 250 8000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 5200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2800 (54%)

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 6570 (OEM) 2GB

Amazon.com

Radeon R7 250

Amazon.com

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

Model Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB Radeon R7 250
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year February 2011 October 2013
Code Name Turks Oland XT
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe 2.1 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 1000 MHz
Shader Speed N/A MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective) 1150 MHz (4600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 480 384
Texture Mapping Units 24 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 50 watts 65 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 73600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 15600 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5200 Mpixels/sec 8000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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