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

Intro

The Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 480 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 250, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1150 MHz on this card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

(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 will be 15% faster than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB overall, because of its greater 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 (approximately 54%) faster with regards to AF 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 running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R7 250 is a better choice, by far. (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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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